This is primarily why I’m here!
Types of virtualization: Server; Application; Desktop; Presentation
Using MS System Center
Suggests the possibility of running Vista on a series of blades and
providing it to end users. Given the cost of blades and power, it
could be an extremely expensive infrastructure and hardware investment.
Kroll Factual Data uses virtualization (hmm… the font used for
“Kroll Factual Data” is identical to the Microsoft logo.
Using VM Manager to handle 1400 VMs across 4 environments. They can
run 30-40 virts on a single piece of hardware; maintaining nearly 100%
processor use. Uptime is 99.x%.
They’re also using Hyper-V within production systems: Windows Server
They compared Hyper-V to ESX and assumed they’d be shy of the ESX
performance. But found that it’s performing at or above ESX. We
currently use ESX on a few hosts and MS Virtual Server on others —
but we see the opposite: ESX is a higher performer.
However, MS is offering VM Management with System Center.
Unfortunately, it’s not available yet — but due out in August.
But they are promoting virtualization because it’s more efficient for
manageability and infrastructure — this is true. Maximize the
We also see Application Virtualization: keeping the App separate from
your OS so you don’t need to patch thousands of images of the App AND
OS. You patch the App on a virtual then make the virt available to
the end users — preventing the users from bypassing mandated patches
(would also save the burst bandwidth to every user as the log in at
8AM after a long weekend.
Demo of Hyper-V and System Center:
See a beta of VMManager console. Looks like a modified version of
Outlook but we have a single interface. It ALSO allows us to see
VMWare virts on ESX. Okay, that’s cool. It looks like the MS
interface, but still allows access to your ESX hosts. Nice that
they’re carrying the Interoperability concept over.
Can move virts to physical through migration. Checks the requirements
of the virt, looks at capacity then gives options for migration.
That’s a great concept, too.
User PowerShell — a VB Scripting shell. (hey, at least they’re
calling it a “shell”).
We’ll need a good, stable, reliable SAN for virtualization.
In VMotion, we can move virts between running hosts. MS VMManager
supports it, too — they demo it going to an ESX 3 host.
In the System Center Operations Manager, you can configure it
(graphically — nice) to do automatic migrations as needed using the
Performance and Resource Optimization app. A nice alert showing us
that an app, Order Tracker, needs more resources.
They also have an integrated app that they demoed that’s watching a
C7000 chassis’s power consumption to make managing the virtuals or
Need to see if we can find a download of the Virtual Machine Manger
They state that overall, it’s a fraction of the current cost of
Posted from MS TechEd, 2008