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Virtualizing Microsoft Lync 2013

It seems there is a bit of an uproar about a document Microsoft recently released called Planning a Lync Server 2013 Deployment on Virtual Servers. In that document, Microsoft makes some odd recommendations when virtualizing Lync, sync has disabling NUMA on physical servers and not using hyperthreading. To address these concerns, VMware has published a really nice blog post that addresses the unusual guidance in the document.  You can read the blog post by clicking here. The author of the

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One Weird Trick to Virtualize Monster VMs–Consultants Hate This!

We’ve all seen those ads on the Internet that promise to teach us “one weird trick” that “<someone> hates” to do something easily.  Make money fast?  Yep.  Lose belly fat?  Check.  Grow “other” parts of your body?  Easy.   I couldn’t resist stealing the headline for something that I’ve seen come up time and time again when virtualizing large applications or monster VMs. Raise your virtual hand if you’ve heard, or said, something like this in the past: All VMs

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Perception is Reality When Virtualizing Business Critical Apps

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged anything on a regular basis.  Sorry about that.  I would love to blame it on the three books I’ve written in the last year but that isn’t the only reason.  Hopefully I can turn it around and start writing on a regular basis again. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while but finally had some time to get it down.  When it comes to virtualizing business critical applications, the perception of

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Virtualizing Exchange and Scaling Up

I have to admit – Exchange virtualization is one of my favorite topics.  I love talking about it with customers, colleagues, or anyone who will listen. It has a very well known workload profile which makes sizing consistent, it’s virtualization friendly in that it supports vSphere features like vMotion and HA, and I like talking about the challenges and creative solutions that are sometimes required to virtualize it. Yep, Exchange virtualization is my pal. I’m also very familiar with its

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Great deal on Kindle edition of Virtualizing MS Business Critical Apps

Amazon has the Kindle edition of Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere at a great price. It’s currently only $22.99, compared to $38 for the paperback version. You can grab the Kindle edition here: http://www.amazon.com/Virtualizing-Microsoft-Applications-Technology-ebook/dp/B00E8HSWQU/ I’m a little late in announcing this so hopefully the price stays at this level for a little while.  If you already have the paperback and want the Kindle edition for on the go reading, now is a great time to pick up

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Release of Virtualizing MSFT Business Critical Apps book!

After months of late nights and hard work, I’m very happy to announce that the book Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere, co-authored with Alex Fontana of VMware, has been released!  The official release date from VMware Press was August 7th, and it will be officially in stock at Amazon on August 16th.  It can be ordered from Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Virtualizing-Microsoft-Business-Applications-Technology/dp/0321912039/ or directly from VMware Press here http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/store/virtualizing-microsoft-business-critical-applications-9780321912039. Both paperback and Kindle/eBook copies are available. We were also

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Changes in support for virtual machine snapshots for SQL Server

First off, I have to say that writing a book and working on a challenging project for a customer at the same time does not translate well into having a lot of time to blog.  Shame on me – I need to do better. Back to business.  Last year I wrote an article about using virtual machine snapshots with business critical applications like Exchange and SQL.  In it I provided a quote from Microsoft’s support policy for running SQL Server

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New Book Coming Soon: Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere

I’m very pleased and excited to announce that the book I’m co-authoring, Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere, is available for both pre-order on Amazon as well as in Rough Cuts format from VMware Press.  Though the release dates online currently list a September release date we’re working with VMware Press to try to get it released before VMworld 2013. I’m co-authoring the book with Alex Fontana of VMware.  Alex is a great resource for virtualizing business critical

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Cloning Windows Server 2012 Domain Controllers on vSphere 5

Microsoft introduced a lot of virtualization awareness in Windows Server 2012, particularly for domain controllers.  They are, for the most part, considered virtualization “safeguards” in that they prevent against some of the classic problems of virtualizing domain controllers.  Historically things like virtual machine snapshots, restoring from virtual machine image backups, or cloning domain controllers was either difficult or impossible.  With the introduction of the VM-GenerationID it is now safe to use virtual machine snapshots and even clone existing domain controllers.

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Windows 2012 Failover Clusters and vSphere 5.1

How many of you actually read through the release notes of a new vSphere release?  Ok, I know that Maish does.  If you read Maish’s post or read the vSphere 5.1 Release Notes you would see the following: Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering is not supported If you try to create a cluster for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012, and select to run validation tests, the wizard completes the validation tests with warnings, and after that returns to running

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