regarding the application virtualizsation were allot of news in the past weeks after release of Windows Server 2008, what feature is for an server operating system and how can be used in high scalability server configuration , performance same as many other info you can get on :
interesting part is how you can programmatically interact with, just an small sample
Renaming a Hyper-V Virtual Machine VBScript: Option Explicit Dim WMIService Dim VM Dim VMManagementService Dim VMSystemSettingData Dim VMName Dim NewVMName Dim Result 'Setup variables for the VM we are looking for, and the new name VMName = "Windows Server 2008" NewVMName = "Windows Server 2008 - new" 'Get an instance of the WMI Service in the virtualization namespace. Set WMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\.\root\virtualization") 'Get a VMManagementService object Set VMManagementService =
WMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Msvm_VirtualSystemManagementService").ItemIndex(0) 'Get the VM object that we want to modify Set VM = (WMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Msvm_ComputerSystem WHERE ElementName='" & VMName & "'")).ItemIndex(0) 'Get the VirtualSystemSettingsData of the VM we want to modify Set VMSystemSettingData = (VM.Associators_("MSVM_SettingsDefineState",
"MSVM_VirtualSystemSettingData")).ItemIndex(0) 'Change the ElementName property VMSystemSettingData.ElementName = NewVMName 'Update the VM with ModifyVirtualSystem Result = VMManagementService.ModifyVirtualSystem(VM.Path_.Path,
and what hardware is supported on :
http://blogs.technet.com/softgrid/ is an public availability of SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 and 4.2 HFRU2.
I am pleased to announce This cumulative update for SoftGrid v4.1 SP1 and v4.2 provides the latest updates to SoftGrid. In addition to stability improvements, this update contains the following changes:
- The log level of the "Error reading from socket" message is now Debug. Therefore, the message does not appear in the Sft-server.log and the Windows event log at the default log level when you use SoftGrid Virtual Application Servers together with a hardware load balancer.
- SoftGrid Sequencer now preserves OSD GUIDs when it opens SoftGrid v3.2 sequencings for a package upgrade.
- Intermittent "0xBE" Stop errors that occur at system start on multiprocessor computers have been addressed.
This update provides the following new capabilities:
- SoftGrid now supports deployment of Virtual Application .msi files that are generated by the MSI Utility for Microsoft Application Virtualization to SoftGrid clients that are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server and that have Terminal Services enabled.
- SoftGrid 4.2 HFRU2 now supports Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).
Please Note: The 4.1 SP1 KB article incorrectly identifies Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) as a new capability of 4.1 SP1 HFRU2. We’re in the process of changing the article now so you should see it updated soon.
SoftGrid 4.1 SP1 HFRU2 Bits: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938497
SoftGrid 4.2 HFRU2 Bits: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941408
that from MS area, VmWare made only true major announcement made at VMworld Europe 2008 is about the release of VMsafe APIs.on last days of European conference, new announcements , new features are here http://www.virtualization.info/. Main reason security in virtual environment ,
While security products like antivirus will still have to install inside a dedicated VM, they will be able to monitor what’s happening inside other virtual machines from a completely new perspective: the hypervisor level.
This will allow checking which traffic is entering or leaving a VM, or even which data is being executed inside it (looking at CPU states, memory pages and OS processes list). All done in a transparent way.
The revolutionary approach has two remarkable benefits: first of all it saves precious physical resources and management efforts without duplicating the same security agent inside each guest OS, secondarily it prevents the security agents from being directly attacked and possibly disabled.
Several malicious codes usually try to disable the existing protections before infecting the system, granting themselves the longest lifetime possible. With the new architecture made possible by VMsafe the chances to succeed in this task are much less.
VMware announces VMsafe with the support of notable security players: from the anti-virus ones (Kaspersky, McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro) to the firewall ones (Check Point, Fortinet), passing through several other categories.
so, than be virtual and stay safe