Saturday, September 4, 2010

Knowledge Bytes Lunchbox for the week

Cloud computing is the hottest technology today and very recently both VMware and HP launched their cloud offerings however both are very different in their nature. I was reading a very interesting blog which talks about how VMware offering is different than Microsoft..and it is very obvious that as of now Microsoft has platform as a service cloud model offered by its Windows Azure and VMware is enabling private cloud solutions based on infrastructure as a service model. Via this blog i wanted to share some key announcements which occured this week and are mentioned below, hope you find them interesting.



1.Ben talks about memory reserve registry key for reserving memory for host parent partition when you have Dynamic memory feature enabled for server 2008 R2 SP1.

2. A new beta tool by Microsoft
P2V Migration for Software Assurance uses the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Sysinternals Disk2VHD to convert a user’s existing Windows XP or newer client environment to a virtual hard disk then automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system containing a virtual machine with the user’s previous Windows environment, applications and Web browser. The user’s previous virtual desktop retains its existing management components, domain membership and policies. The process also publishes applications and the browser for the user to access them seamlessly within Windows 7’s start menu.

3. Jose Barreto talks about different configurations for Windows Server 2008 (and 2008 R2) on his blog where a file server uses multiple NICs. Next, he describe how the behavior of the SMB client can help distribute the load for a file server with multiple NICs. He also discusses SMB2 Durability and how it can recover from certain network failure in configuration where multiple network paths between clients and servers are available. Finally, look closely into the configuration of a Clustered File Server with multiple client-facing NICs.


4. Top Solutions RSS feeds for Windows Server and Client.
Windows Server:
http://support.microsoft.com/rss/winsrv.xml
Windows Client:
http://support.microsoft.com/rss/winclient.xml
http://support.microsoft.com/rss/winclientitpro.xml
 
5. A very interesting read  on "If virtualization is growing and cloud computing is growing, how can the market for private enterprise servers also be growing?"
 
6. VMware Introduces VCloud Director, check here for VMware vCloud Director components.

7. HP offers private cloud solutions and performance optimized datacenters. Read here for more.


That's all for this week lunchbox..see you again soon.

GAURAV ANAND

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