Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Now Migrates VMware Images To Azure

Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Converter automatically converts VMware virtual machines into the Hyper-V platform. The newly-released version 2.0 adds another trick: the ability to automatically migrate existing VMware images into Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

Why The Xbox One Doesn't Use Hyper-V

Microsoft’s aim with the Xbox One was to use as much Windows technology as possible, and when Windows Threshold appears, it should be theoretically possible to run a single piece of code on both platforms. Yet despite that Windows dependency and the need to run multiple apps in parallel, the Xbox One doesn’t actually use Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualisation technology. This is why.

Hyper-V Recovery Manager Automates Windows Azure Disaster Recovery

Deploying software on a private or hybrid cloud doesn’t eliminate the need to have a backup in case things go wrong. Microsoft’s newly-released Hyper-V Recovery Manager automates the process of restoring backups from Windows Azure if something goes awry in your cloud implementation.

How To Best Use Hyper-V Shared Virtual Hard Disks

Hyper-V virtualisation is one of the key benefits of Windows Server 2012, and it works essentially identically in R2 to the original version. One important exception to bear in mind? You shouldn’t use R2′s shared virtual hard disk feature to hosting virtual machine operating systems — purely for shared data sotres.

Choosing A Hypervisor

One of the big decisions that always comes up early on in any physical to virtual, or P2V, project is choosing a hypervisor. In the project I’m working through with a client, this was an early sticking point as we contemplated which option would best suit the needs of a rapidly changing business.

Microsoft And Oracle's New Cloud Partnership: What It Means For IT Pros

Microsoft and Oracle’s new partnership means that you can run Oracle’s namesake database software on Hyper-V and Azure, and Java apps will eventually be supported on Azure. It’s good news for enterprises running a mixed Oracle/Windows environment and looking to expand into the cloud, and also suggests that Oracle is also going to give up on its own attempts in the virtualisation market.

How VHDX Leads To Better Virtualisation Performance And Flexibility

Looking to enhance virtualisation performance under Hyper-V? Centralise storage and shift to VHDX.

How To Cloudify Something Relevant

TechEd attendees cannot live by tech alone. Last night we ventured out to Bourbon Street for a few hours for a bite to eat and beer in a novelty oversized cup. It’s quite the experience with a mixture of souvenir shops, bars with bands and jazz, restaurants and an art precinct.