Server Core on VMware

When I was a Virtual Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Canada I spent a lot of time telling you why you should use Server Core… especially if you were on Hyper-V.  Why?  You save resources. It is now over two years since I turned in my Purple Badge, and I still think Server Core rocks.  In … Continue reading Server Core on VMware

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Virtual Machine Snapshots: The useful tool that will drag you down.

Note: Once again I accidentally scheduled a technical article to publish on a holiday.  In honour of Canadian Thanskgiving I am republishing this article on Tuesday. -MDG The Story: One of my clients called me and asked me why some of their servers were running so terribly slow.  Actually, that’s not entirely true… they told … Continue reading Virtual Machine Snapshots: The useful tool that will drag you down.

A VMware Gripe

Okay, I can’t delete a file.  Any Level 1 systems administrator would look at this message and say: ‘Okay, VMware is not allowing me to delete an ISO file.  Very likely the ISO file is connected to a virtual machine.’ Ummm… but WHICH virtual machine is it?  Gee thanks, vCenter, I have scores of VMs… … Continue reading A VMware Gripe

Counting Down the Classics with the US IT Evangelists

  “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…” “Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall…” “Thirty-five articles on Virtualization…” All of these are great sing-along songs, whether for holidays, camping, bus-rides, or comparing virtualization technology.  Each one is a classic. Wait… you’ve never heard the last one? That’s okay, we … Continue reading Counting Down the Classics with the US IT Evangelists

Hyper-V CPU Compatibility Mode

it is pretty well known that for Live Migration to work in Hyper-V, the CPUs on the hosts must be of the same family (Intel to Intel, AMD to AMD).  However it is not as simple as that.  Both companies are constantly improving their products, so a CPU that Intel makes in 2013 will have … Continue reading Hyper-V CPU Compatibility Mode

Back on RunAs Radio!

Over the past few months I have recorded a number of webinars and webcasts on a plethora of topics around virtualization, but the one that seems to have gotten the most attention is the one I did for VMTraining that pitted me against Jeff Weiss – Microsoft versus VMware. A few days later Richard Campbell, … Continue reading Back on RunAs Radio!

vSphere vs. Hyper-V: The Head to Head Battle!

On Thursday August 8th I participated in a webinar debate.  Shawn MacArthur (CEO of VMTraining) and I had a friendly debate over which hypervisor and virtualization ecosystem was better.  This was the third part in the series – The first had Shawn discussing vSphere, the second had me discussing Hyper-V and System Center. Who won?  … Continue reading vSphere vs. Hyper-V: The Head to Head Battle!

It’s On! VMware Versus Microsoft!

It is going down this week! August 8th (Thursday) at 2:00pm Eastern Time (11:00am Pacific)!  In the Blue corner we have Shawn MacArthur, and in the Red corner we have Mitch Garvis!  Two champions, both undefeated, and the winner will be… YOU! VERSUS As many of you know I used to (and occasionally still do) … Continue reading It’s On! VMware Versus Microsoft!

Calgary Here I Come!

Even before joining Microsoft Canada’s DPE team as a Virtual Evangelist (the Virtual part means I am a contractor in case you were curious, but I also specialize in Virtualization so it works in my favour!) I have had the opportunity to crisscross our great nation talking to audiences of all sorts and sizes – … Continue reading Calgary Here I Come!

System Center VMM Supported Hosts

When I was asked in class recently what type of virtualization hosts are supported by System Center 2012 though Virtual Machine Manager I readily answered off the top of my head.  Unfortunately one of my students went on-line to search for confirmation of this, and came up with a TechNet article that gave a conflicting … Continue reading System Center VMM Supported Hosts

In interesting survey from VMworld…

I have a lot of conversations with people about virtualization… it’s what I do (well, among other things).  While most people agree that I am technically knowledgeable on both Microsoft and vSphere virtualization, sometimes my analysis and commentary strike people as skewed and unrealistic based on my relationship with Microsoft.  For the past couple of … Continue reading In interesting survey from VMworld…

It’s Coming… Can we now compare Hyper-V with vSphere as both new products prepare for launch?

On July 5th I published an article titled A Response to VMware’s ‘Get the Facts’ page comparing vSphere to Hyper-V & System Center’. In the seven weeks since it went live it has become the 4th most read article I have ever published (in seven years as a blogger), as well as being by far the … Continue reading It’s Coming… Can we now compare Hyper-V with vSphere as both new products prepare for launch?

Is it true? The Memory Tax is gone!

CRN is reporting that next week at VMworld VMware will be announcing that they are doing away with Virtual Memory Entitlements, which you have probably heard me refer to as the Memory Tax. According to the article (http://www.crn.com/news/cloud/240005840/vmware-kills-vram-licensing-will-focus-on-vsphere-cloud-bundles.htm?cid=nl_alert) VMware is trying to regain its competitive edge over Microsoft’s Hyper-V, which has over the past couple … Continue reading Is it true? The Memory Tax is gone!

A Response to VMware’s ‘Get the Facts’ page comparing vSphere to Hyper-V & System Center

For the sake of full disclosure, in case you did not know, I am not only a Microsoft MVP, I am also a Virtual Partner Technology Advisor for Microsoft Canada, and work very closely with that company’s Evangelism Team.  I hold most major IT-Pro focused certifications from Microsoft Learning that come close to pertaining to … Continue reading A Response to VMware’s ‘Get the Facts’ page comparing vSphere to Hyper-V & System Center