Hyper-V raises the bar on scale. Again.

by Shijaz Abdulla on 27.08.2016 at 21:02

Virtualize any workload – without exception – with Hyper-V. The Hyper-V team just announced some serious enhancements to the limits on memory and CPU.

Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard & Datacenter Windows Server 2016 Standard & Datacenter
Physical (Host) Memory Support Up to 4 TB per physical server Up to 24 TB per physical server (6x)
Physical (Host) Logical Processor Support Up to 320 LPs Up to 512 LPs
Virtual Machine Memory Support Up to 1 TB per VM Up to 16 TB per VM (16x)
Virtual Machine Virtual Processor Support Up to 64 VPs per VM Up to 240 VPs per VM (3.75x)

For more information, see the official post on the Windows Server blog.

Oracle announces support for Hyper-V, Windows Azure

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.06.2013 at 08:07

This has to be the biggest Oracle announcement of the year!

333932-oracle-logoOracle and Microsoft are announcing a partnership today where our joint customers will have increased choice and flexibility for deploying Oracle workloads in Windows Server private clouds, Windows Azure, or a hybrid of both. Just as enterprises have depended on Windows Server for years to run Oracle workloads on premises, they now will be able to run those workloads in Hyper-V virtualized environments or Windows Azure, with full certification and support from Oracle.

What this means:

  • Our customers can run Oracle software on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and in Windows Azure with full support from Oracle.
  • Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to use their existing Oracle licenses to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.
  • This makes Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V the only non-Oracle hypervisor that Oracle supports
  • This also makes Windows Azure the only properly licensed and fully supported public cloud option for Oracle customers.
  • This will give us a huge boost in accelerating the momentum we are already seeing in Hyper-V and Azure, and should be positioned as a significant vote of confidence in our Cloud OS vision of providing a consistent platform across private and public clouds.

For additional information:

Bootcamp in Qatar! Windows Server 2012 Virtualization

by Shijaz Abdulla on 31.01.2013 at 15:45

Microsoft, in partnership with Qatar Datamation Systems and HP are organizing an IT Pro bootcamp in Qatar during Feb 27-28, focusing on Windows Server 2012 Virtualization and Management.

This much-awaited bootcamp has only limited space and seats are filling up quickly, please register soon and be on time at the venue to avoid disappointment!






Please join us for our upcoming Windows Server 2012 and Infrastructure Management IT Pro Camp. Microsoft IT Pro Camps are expert-led, no-cost, hands-on training events for IT professionals, centered on the issues and workloads you’re tackling in your environment today.
At Windows Server 2012 & Infrastructure Management IT Pro Camps you’ll gain deep technical insight into the new features and functionalities of Windows Server 2012. Hands-on demos and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts will cover a variety of topics including Server Virtualization, Storage, Networking, Server Management and Automation, Identity and Access, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and Web and Application Platform.


27th – 28th February 2013
8:30 AM – 5.30 PM
Ritz Carlton Hotel


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NEC unveils virtual switch on Hyper-V, OpenFlow support on Hyper-V before VMware!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.01.2013 at 09:34

Empowered by Innovation NEC

This week, NEC unveiled a virtual switch for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hypervisor which is designed to bring OpenFlow-based software-defined networking and network virtualization to those Microsoft environments.

The NEC ProgrammableFlow PF1000 provides a single control plane for integrating server and network virtualization in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V deployments. This integration is designed to enable network automation, more rapid delivery of network services, VM mobility and consistent application of business policy across the network.

The PF1000 supports 1,280 ports per switch and up to 260,000 flows. It supports OpenFlow 1.0 and can work with any OpenFlow-enabled switches from any vendor, according to NEC.

From lightreading.com:

The PF1000 runs on Hyper-V, the hypervisor Microsoft has created to compete with VMware’s. NEC also claims it’s the first virtual switch running OpenFlow. The PF1000 can support 1,280 ports (combining virtual and physical switch ports) and 260,000 data flows, NEC claims.

At the same time, NEC announced a ProgrammableFlow upgrade that includes IPv6 and OpenStack support.

Why this matters
VMware doesn’t offer OpenFlow on virtual switches, as Roy Chua of SDNCentral points out in his analysis. (It does have a workaround, as detailed on the IP Space blog.)

So, this is actually a nice announcement for Microsoft, giving Hyper-V something to brag about versus VMware’s ESXi.

Retail giant Target runs on Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.02.2012 at 16:47

Listen to technology leaders from Target, a US retailing company with over 1750 stores throughout the country, on how Microsoft Virtualization and Management technologies help them remotely manage IT environments in each store, save millions of dollars in operating cost, and provide a delightful customer experience.

"It reduces our operating expense by millions of dollars a year through power savings, break/fix maintenance savings, and avoided capital refresh." – Brad Thompson, Director – Infrastructure Engineering, Target

Target runs over 15,000 virtual machines on over 3600 Hyper-V hosts.

IDC predicts: 2012 will be VMware’s last year as ‘King of the Hill’

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.02.2012 at 11:43

IDC has predicted that 2012 will be VMware’s last year as ‘King of the Hill’.

With Windows Server 8, Hyper-V beats VMware not only in pricing but also in features. Even if VMware brought down pricing, Hyper-V still has features that VMware doesn’t.

And do not forget that System Center (the current version as well as 2012) has more mature and complete management features than VMware ever had, and the key to meaningful virtualization or realizing a private cloud lies in robust management tools.

MVP Aidan Finn wrote on his blog with a touch of humor:

And don’t forget that System Center (current and future) smack VMware’s “management” products around like a one-legged little person in a heavyweight MMA fight.

VMware fanboys and trolls please save yourselves the trouble, comments on this blog are moderated. Smile

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Free Training

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.11.2011 at 09:19


Cloud Computing! It’s one of the biggest opportunities for IT Professionals in recent years.  But wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you need to take advantage of this opportunity, and also get the recognition and rewards that you deserve?

This is where Microsoft can help give your career a boost.

Visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy training portal now and register to receive free and easy access to training for IT Professionals who want to get ahead in cloud computing. This content was developed by leading experts in the field, and the modules ensure that you acquire the essential skills and gain credibility as a cloud computing specialist in your organization.

MVA courses include:

  • Introduction to SCVMM, Architecture & Setup
  • Creating VMs,Template & Resources in VMM
  • Managing Windows Azure
  • SQL Azure Security
  • Identity & Access
  • Data Security and Cryptography


Partners: Earn up to 30% incentive with Microsoft solutions

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.10.2011 at 18:19

The Solution Incentives reward partners for driving sales of specific Microsoft solutions, chosen for their growth and market potential. The program creates opportunities for partners to build new sustainable revenue streams and increase their value to customers.

What partner types can participate?
Solution incentives are customer segment and partner-type agnostic. Partners need to meet eligibility requirements and each opportunity being registered needs to meet the eligibility criteria described in the Program Guide, to be eligible for incentives.

What if the Solution Partner also transacts the order?
Whether the Partner is only advising the customer, or advising and transacting, there will be no difference in the solution incentives calculation and payment.

For more information, check out the following documents:

Management and Virtualization

Windows 7

Application Platform (Microsoft SQL Server)

Microsoft Lync

New to PSX? Check out the PSX resources here.

Pass a Virtualization exam, get a FREE TechNet subscription

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.03.2011 at 11:16

Good news!

If you pass any Virtualization exam between March 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011 you will receive a complimentary TechNet Subscription. First 1,000 participants only! Registration is required. T&C apply.

Click here for more info

IBM & Microsoft Virtualization Event: January 24

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.01.2011 at 12:31



January 24, 2011
Venue: La Cigale Hotel, Doha


February 1, 2011
Venue: JW Marriott, Kuwait City



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