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Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta bringing Hyper-V driver of Microsoft

December 28th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V

Red Hat, the American software company that’s engaged in developing and distributing open-source software products to the enterprise community, has released a beta of its RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) for its loyal customers.  And this new beta release, which is the 4th minor release of RHEL6, the developers at Red Hat have set up drivers for Hyper-V, the hypervisor by Microsoft, into the distribution of Linux.

Red Hat pushes out RHEL 6.4 beta bringing Hyper-V driver of Microsoft

Even though the Hyper-V drivers were available for a while now, they did not meet up the requirements of the kernel developers’ until few months back. And probably this was why the Red Hat developers were unwilling to add them in Linux. In addition to Microsoft’s Hyper-V, they have also updated the ESX virtualization solution’s drivers of VMware.

Some Improvements have been made to the SSSD (System Security Services Daemon), which are designed in order to improve the interoperability of the system with Active Directory services of Microsoft. Red Hat also states that they have made improvements to the performance of the Parallel network file system (pNFS), yet the support agreement still excludes the use of the pNFS.

The release of RHEL 6.4 is expected between late January and early February 2013.

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Microsoft Planning to Attract the Users of VMware with a New Migration Tool

October 22nd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Windows Server

From now on it is possible to download the free Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) tool by Microsoft. Las week, the company said that this new tool allows the virtual machines that run on VMware products to be converted t Hyper-V, which is Microsoft’s own virtualization environment.

Using the new Virtual Machine Converter, you can convert virtual drives or virtual machines that run on VMware vSphere, which uses the format VMDK, into versions compatible with Hyper-V.

MVMC - Microsoft's Virtual Machine Converter

In accordance to VMware, an entire server or desktop environment is condensed in a file by a virtual machine and the latter is included in the VMDK format as well as how it is stored, the information can then be utilized to provision, backup and patch the environment.

With MVMC, the VMs created using vSphere 4.0, 4.1 or 5.0 can be converted to Hyper-V Server versions, which can operate on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or Windows Server 2012.

Administrators have the choice between either a version of the conversion tool with a command-line interface or one with a GUI (graphical user interface) that incorporates a wizard in order to facilitate the conversion work.

The new tool is introduced as a part of “Switch to Hyper-V” program by Microsoft. According to Microsoft, other than this tool, other resources, for instance best practices to assist to take the risk out of VM migrations, are also available through this program.

Even though Microsoft hasn’t revealed any information about when a production ready version will be out yet, the beta version of the new VMware console plugin version of MVMW is also accessible for download.

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VMware adds Hyper-V support to vCloud Suite

October 12th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

Back in August, VMware announced its new vCloud Suite for the first time. However, after only 2 months, the company is already updating their new platform with a brand new vCloud Automation Center component and also adding enhancements to a number of others. The company also announced that the vCloud Suite is now capable of managing infrastructure built on Hyper-V hypervisors by Microsoft.

VMware adds Hyper-V support to vCloud Suite

The vCloud Suite 5.1 was introduced at San Francisco, at the VMworld event. However, at the European VMworld event that took place in Barcelona, Spain, the company introduced vCloud Automation Center 5.1. vCloud Automation Center 5.1 is a self-service provisioning portal built for the end users, which has the ability to operate across both public and private clouds. This includes third party clouds like Amazon Web Services.

The new component is primarily based on a technology, which VMware gained through DynamicOps, when they acquired the company in July. It is believed to enable the customers to speed up the provisioning new resources, simply by offering a new policy-driven automated approvals process.

Stephen Herrod, the chief technology officer at VMware, stated, “For the very first time, you are able to manage many other hypervisors. And you can do it all from just one place. And the support for Microsoft’s Hyper-V is coming first”.

According to VMware, the updated new cloud management tools will be available sometime later within this quarter. It will be available as part of the new VMware vCloud Suite.

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OpenStack Folsom Released with Hyper-V Support and Network Automation

October 8th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

Virtualized Networking and Block Storage gets added to the cloud platform

OpenStack, the Open Source cloud computing platform is releasing the 6th version of their platform “Folsom”, with added software-defined networking features.

The people who are working in the project have stated that the new release in improved the stability and usability of the underlying code. According to them, the amount of contributors working on the project has also increased from 65%. The new Folsom release will also add 185 new features, and most of them will be in the area of virtual networking.


The brand new networking feature is code-named as Quantum. The feature will support Open vSwitch, standard Linux bridge networking, the Ryu open source network OS, NEC and Nicira through a new plug-in architecture. Because of this, the platform will be able to benefit from the SDN virtual networking.

In addition, the new Folsom release will also include updates to API quotas, IP address management, SNAT (Secure Network Address Translation), floating IPs and control Layer 2 networking.

The enhanced compute feature of the release is code named as Nova. The feature will help make it much easier for the operators to configure huge pools of VMs.

The executive director of OpenStack Foundation, Jonathan Bryce stated that the project is now moving at a faster rate than ever before.

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Microsoft Hyper-V and FreeBSD Interoperability Anticipated This Summer

July 18th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

Microsoft, teamed up with couple of its partnering companies, is finalizing a project that would allow interoperability of FreeBSD with Microsoft’s Windows Server Hyper-V.


The news about this project, which was started in last October, was released to the public at the 2012 BSDCan event in Ottawa, Canada, in last may. The goal of the project is to develop drivers that would allow the FreeBSD server (which is open source), to operate as a first-class guest on Hyper-V, Microsoft’s hypervisor. The drivers are going to be licensed under BSD license, which means they are going to be FOSS code. The drivers are expected to work with versions 8.2 and 8.3 of FreeBSD and Windows Server 2008 R2.

FreeBSD is a free server, which is somewhat Unix-like, and is usually utilized by Web hosting providers. In addition to FreeBSD, Microsoft’s interoperability team is also working on enabling Hyper-V interoperability for many other Linux-based open source servers, like Red Hat, SUSE and CentOS. They have stated that their goal is to support interoperability for consumers who are operating multiple server technologies.

In order to develop the VMBUS driver, the core that interfaces between the guest OS and the host Hyper-V Windows VPS solution, Microsoft worked together with Insight Global. NetApp and Citrix are two other companies they partnered with as both of them are contributors to FreeBSD and also the users of the FreeBSD technology.

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Importance of Linux virtual machine support

September 12th, 2011    Posted in Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization

Linux support has been updated in the software of Hyper-V virtualization for Windows Server 2008 R2. When Linux virtual machines run on Hyper-V hypervisor then the software manages to improve relatively weak support. Hypervisor based virtual machines are basically those servers or operating systems upon which virtualization technology has been implemented.

Another name for hypervisor is virtual machine monitor which allows numbers of operating systems to run on a host computer. The best fact about the same is that it can mix various versions of Linux and Windows at the same time. The cost of the customers can be reduced and the continuity of the business can be improved as windows server 2008 Hyper-V provides an end-to-end virtualization platform. Microsoft has also launched the successors of windows server 2003 which is known as windows server 2008.

The most important feature of this new release i.e. Linux support is the support for SMP i.e. symmetric multi-processing which means that on every virtual machine, hyper-V can support up to four processors. In order to complete heavy back-end computation, SMP support plays a vital role in the virtual machines. Even though multi-core processors were prevailing but inclusion of support was not made sooner and later other improvements were also included such as time synchronization between host and virtual machine, failure detection, and improved performance. The performance can be easily improved by supporting Fastpath Boot.

The virtual machines which run on Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 up to 5.5 are provided with support of Linux.  In spite of such appealing features in Linux support, it was still far behind its competitors and as a result Microsoft Company felt the need of improvising the effect of the existing Linux support for virtual machines.

It appeases the Linux community which has threatened to remove support for Microsoft’s Hyper-V in the standard Linux kernel. Therefore we can say Microsoft Company provides a broader scope of opportunities so that their customers can achieve success at a continual rate.

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