VMware or Microsoft?–The Complete Quick List

The VMware or Microsoft blog series has come to an end, for now.  Below is the complete list of posts for your convenience.  You’ll find lots of great information and you can never be too informed when making decisions that affect the company and services you support.

  1. Series Introduction
  2. What is a “Purpose-Built Hypervisor?
  3. Simplified Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Host Patching = Greater Security and More Uptime
  4. Reducing VMware Storage Costs WITH Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces
  5. Does size really matter?
  6. Let’s talk certifications!
  7. Virtual Processor Scheduling
  8. FREE Zero Downtime Patch Management
  9. Agentless Protection
  10. Site to Site Disaster Recovery with HRM
  11. Destination: VMWorld
  12. Get the “Scoop” on Hyper-V during VMworld
  13. VMWorld: Key Keynote Notes
  14. VMWorld: Did you know that there is no extra charge?
  15. VMWorld: A Memo to IT Leadership
  16. Moving Live Virtual Machines, Same But Different
  17. Not All Memory Management is Equal
  18. Can I get an app with that?
  19. Deploying Naked Servers
  20. Automated Server Workload Balancing
  21. Thoughts on VMWorld
  22. Shopping for Private Clouds
  23. Dynamic Storage Management in Private Clouds
  24. Replaceable? or Extensible? What kind of virtual switch do you want?
  25. Offloading your Storage
  26. VDI: A Look at Supportability and More!
  27. Agentless Backup for Virtual Environments
  28. How robust is your availability?
  29. VM Guest Operating System Support
  30. How to license Windows Server VMs
  31. Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance
  32. Evaluating Hyper-V Network Virtualization as an alternative to VMware NSX
  33. Automation is the Key to Happiness
  34. Comparing Microsoft’s Public Cloud to VMware’s Public Cloud
  35. What does AVAILABILITY mean in YOUR cloud?

Virtualization Strikes the Bay Area

I’m serious, you can’t turn around without finding yourself in range of an upcoming event around virtualizing your datacenter.

If you missed the free Azure IT Camp in San Francisco on September 5th, you can join me in Mountain View on October 8th from 9-4pm. Register at www.technetevents.com. 

Also in October, PacITPros will be bringing Steve Evans and Nick Hawkins back for a full TechDay of “Hyper-V in the Real World”. This low cost event ($99) doesn’t pull any punches and gives you the lowdown on how to use Hyper-V effectively in your datacenter. Register at www.techdays.org.  Stay tuned for a two-day Hyper-V TechDays event in mid-November, as well.

Sadly, the October PacITPros meeting is cancelled for October.  There is a perfect storm of calendaring events that have Doug, Ed, Jochen and I all out of town.  Hope to see you on October 11th instead.

On the Heels of VMworld!

Today, I’m playing catch up, which always happens after a multi-day conference. I always think I’ll have enough downtime during the conference to keep my inbox and to-do list under control, but it never happens.

I do have an official “post-VMworld” post brewing in my head (vCloud, VSAN, NSX, oh my!) but first here is a couple Azure and Hyper-V related events that are coming up soon, really soon!  Both events will be held in the San Francisco Microsoft office.

PacITPros September Meeting (9/3, 6pm) – Hyper-V in the Real World!  Join Steve Evans and Nick Hawkins as they give a preview of a day long class they will be doing in October. Please be sure to RSVP if you’ll be attending.

Cut past the hype and let’s talk about the real world design decisions you need to make when building your Hyper-V infrastructure. We won’t just prescribe the solution, but talk through the decisions and the pros and cons of the different options. The event will cover networking, storage, management and lessons learned.

** If you want more than an hour of Hyper-V, consider the full day event on October 11. It’s $99. **

Azure IT Camp (9/5, 8:30am – 4pm) – Discover Key Hybrid Cloud Solutions for IT Pros. Late notice I know, but the Azure IT Camp has some extra seats available and you are welcome to them!  One of my IT Pro Evangelist colleagues, Brian Lewis, will be presenting. 

You CAN have the best of both worlds! With Windows Azure, IT Pros can easily extend an on-premises network to embrace the power and scale of the cloud – securely and seamlessly. You’ll hear the latest on the Microsoft cloud platform, dive deep into Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, and participate in hands-on labs that demonstrate the power of this on-demand, scalable compute infrastructure. Includes Windows Azure Storage, Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking. If participants complete all of the hands-on labs, they have a fully functional Windows Server 2012 cloud-based test lab running Windows Azure.

VMWare vs. Microsoft?

For the next 6 weeks, the US Microsoft Evangelists are teaming up to do a blog series comparing VMware technologies to Microsoft. We’ll be tackling the myths and mysteries surrounding the virtualization technologies and then you can decide which one is best for your organization. 

Kevin Remde is keeping the full list of them in this “Complete Series” post, but you’ll be touring the blogs of all the evangelists as the topics are posted.


Don’t Miss Out on some Fun Stuff

Please tell me you’ve seen the tweets and gotten the emails! 

I’m co-chairing PacITPros 2nd TechDays SF – two days jam packed with a crazy menu of sessions to choose from, brought to you by some great speakers – many of which you’d pay 6 times the amount to see at TechEd.

Not going to TechEd?  Then this is the place for you to get the much of what you need to know about Cloud, Azure, PowerShell, plus some extra goodies on SharePoint 2013, Lync, Remote Desktop and Hyper-V!

The fine folks at Xantrion are sponsoring us and we’ve got our schedule available as a mobile app by EventBoard.  So go register now.  Otherwise, you are making me feel bad.

Speaking of Azure, if you haven’t done the 90 day free trial, it’s totally worth looking at.  Microsoft is even running a Virutal Networking challenge where you can win some pretty decent prizes, like a Surface Pro. 

Upcoming TechNet Event – Happening Near You!

The TechNet Events team is hitting the road again, bringing you presentations on Windows Azure, Hyper-V and demonstrations on simplifying Windows 7 deployments.

TechNet Events are free and with over 35 dates in cities across the United States, there’s bound to be one near you. The San Francisco session will be held on March 2nd. Registration is open now.

My 2010 Reading List: So Far

It’s unfortunate that I feel like I’m starting the year already behind on my “tech” reading list. Here’s a quick list of I have within arms reach.

In addition to books, I’ve downloaded several whitepapers onto my Kindle for those free moments on the subway: