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Hyper-V: A quick guide for the channel

Hmmm... pretty cool.
Microsoft Hyper-V is the software giant’s virtualisation platform.

Microsoft Disk2vhd 2.01

Hmmm... a pretty cool tool. I must have it! 

Hmmm... some of you might give it a look.

This is not an article I disagree with.
Virtualization is growing immensely and I've had several people approach me in the small business sector asking me how they can better utilize it to cut their cost.

In this episode Nick Harris and Nate Totten are joined by Mingfei Yan Program Manager II on Windows Azure Media Services. With Windows Azure Media Services reaching General Availability Mingfei joined us to demonstrate how you can use it to build great, extremely scalable, end-to-end media solutions for streaming on-demand video to consumers on any device and in this particular demo shows off the portal, encoding and both a Windows Store app and iOS device consuming encoded content.

I’m excited to announce the general availability (GA) release of Windows Azure Media Services. This release is now live in production, supported by a new media services dev center, backed by an enterprise SLA, and is ready to be used for all media projects.

'Rogue clouds' giving IT staffs nightmares

No kidding. Man... that kind of stuff can keep Admin's up at night. 

Well good for them... I like VMware. 

Microsoft Open Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, just announced the launch of VM Depot, “a community-driven catalog of open source virtual machine images for Windows Azure.” Azure, of course, already has a store that allows developers to deploy premium applications to its Azure cloud computing service. With VM Depot, Microsoft now also offers a service that’s similar to what Amazon Web Services is doing with its Amazon Machine Image service.

Hyper-V Replica for Disaster Recovery

Living in Texas at the bowling pin end of Tornado Alley, I’ve always been conscious of what would happen to my data should a disaster drop down from the sky. Before cloud-based backups, I did my own offsite backups by copying my Windows Home Server data to a large USB drive that I toted to my karate dojo and stored in a locked cabinet. Real businesses have more strict objectives, however. In the months of reconstruction taking place on the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, IT departments up and down the coast are thinking about disaster recovery. How can they provide some degree of business continuity the next time wind and water invades their company? If you’re using Hyper-V for server virtualization, Windows Server 2012 has a feature you should immediately have a good look at: Hyper-V Replica.