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Download Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology Guide

There are several different forms of virtualization that need to be understood as a basis for making the right technology choice:

  • Server hardware virtualization. Also known as a hypervisor, server hardware virtualization runs a very lightweight core operating system. The hypervisor can host independent virtual machines (VMs). This form of virtualization requires hardware that has embedded virtualization awareness capabilities. Since the hypervisor is very lightweight, there is little overhead in the system, which allows for more scalability in the VMs.
  • Server software virtualization. An operating system, such as Windows Server® 2003 or Windows Server 2008 R2, runs an application that is able to host VMs. Each VM runs a completely separate operating system and application set.
  • Session virtualization. Centralized systems host multiple user workloads, and all processing is done on those host systems. Only the presentation information (such as keyboard and mouse inputs and video updates) is sent between the client and the host systems. The client can be a full Windows-based workstation or a Windows-based terminal device.
  • Application virtualization. An application is isolated from the underlying operating system by means of wrapper software that encapsulates it. This allows multiple applications that may have conflicting dynamic link libraries (DLLs) or other incompatibilities to run on the same machine without affecting each other.
  • Virtualization on the desktop. This is similar to server software virtualization, but it runs on client systems such as Windows® 7 and Windows Vista®. The client operating system runs a virtualization application that hosts VMs. This is often used when a specific person needs to run one or a limited number of legacy applications on a legacy operating system.

The Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology guide enables you to rapidly and accurately select which Microsoft virtualization technology or technologies to use for specific scenarios. There are several different forms of virtualization that need to be understood as a basis for making the right technology choice. This guide addresses the decision steps that need to be taken in order to select the best virtualization approach for specific application requirements.

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The most effective decision points in the sequence are presented for determining which virtualization technology should be used. When considering virtualization for multiple applications, you should iterate through the entire process individually for each type of application.

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Download the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Guide

Application Virtualization can best be described as running an application using a workstation or terminal server without installing the application on the client operating system. Instead of loading files into the program files directory and adding entries into the local registry, the application is loaded into an isolated virtual environment on the client.

Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5The Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5 guide enables organizations to implement application virtualization and effectively respond to the associated challenges. This IPD guide takes you step-by-step through the process of planning your application virtualization infrastructure, and assists you in taking advantage of new features in App-V 4.5 such as streaming servers and support for Internet-based clients.

Download the Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Guide to understand and learn more!

Strategically planning your infrastructure can help you avoid problems before they begin, allowing you to serve your customers more accurately and reliably, as well as saving you time and money!

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Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab

DirectAccess is a new feature in the Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems that gives users the experience of being seamlessly connected to their intranet any time they have Internet access. With DirectAccess enabled, requests for intranet resources (such as e-mail servers, shared folders, or intranet Web sites) are securely directed to the intranet, without requiring users to connect to a VPN. DirectAccess provides increased productivity for a mobile workforce by offering the same connectivity experience both inside and outside the office.

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide (Beta) for DirectAccess Now Available

This paper contains instructions for setting up a test lab and deploying DirectAccess using four server computers, two client computers, Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM or RC, and Windows 7 RTM or RC. The test lab simulates an intranet, the Internet, and a home network and demonstrates DirectAccess in different Internet connection scenarios.

Read the Paper Here

IT professionals can benefit from DirectAccess in many ways:

  • Improved Manageability of Remote Users. Without DirectAccess, IT professionals can only manage mobile computers when users connect to a VPN or physically enter the office. With DirectAccess, IT professionals can manage mobile computers by updating Group Policy settings and distributing software updates any time the mobile computer has Internet connectivity, even if the user is not logged on. This flexibility allows IT professionals to manage remote computers on a regular basis and ensures that mobile users stay up-to-date with security and system health policies.

  • Secure and Flexible Network Infrastructure. Taking advantage of technologies such as Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and Internet Protocol security (IPsec), DirectAccess provides secure and flexible network infrastructure for enterprises. Below is a list of DirectAccess security and performance capabilities:
    • Authentication. DirectAccess authenticates the computer, enabling the computer to connect to the intranet before the user logs on. DirectAccess can also authenticate the user and supports two-factor authentication using smart cards.
    • Encryption. DirectAccess uses IPsec to provide encryption for communications across the Internet.
    • Access Control. IT professionals can configure which intranet resources different users can access using DirectAccess, granting DirectAccess users unlimited access to the intranet or only allowing them to use specific applications and access specific servers or subnets.
    • IT Simplification and Cost Reduction. By default, DirectAccess separates intranet from Internet traffic, which reduces unnecessary traffic on the intranet by sending only traffic destined for the intranet through the DirectAccess server. Optionally, IT can configure DirectAccess clients to send all traffic through the DirectAccess server.

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How about a Solution Center to help you plan the OS Migration Strategy?

Did you know that,  Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Client and Windows XP SP2 support ends coming July 13, 2010? If you are still using one of these OS, its time you plan your migration strategy. When you look at moving to Windows 7, how about presenting you with one single center, which will provide you all the resources available to help you move to a new client and server operating system?


The Springboard Team has created a End-of-Support Solution Center to help with the planning of your migration strategy from Windows 2000 or Windows XP to Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Here are some resources to help guide you:

Check out the Windows client and server support forums and Deployment zone on Springboard where we have additional screencasts, walkthroughs, whitepapers, FAQ’s and much much more to help guide.

If you are looking to move from Windows Server 2000, the best place to start is at the Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center where they have key information to help guide you through the upgrade paths, migration tools, and toolkits you will need!

Client Migration: There is no supported migration path from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 using the User State Migration Tool (USMT). You must first upgrade to Windows XP and then migrate to Windows 7 with USMT 4.0 included with the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK).

Courtesy: This was a post at the Springboard blog. As a STEP member, I have extracted the information for msigeek readers.

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Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide (Beta) for DirectAccess Now Available

Are you looking to deploy DirectAccess available from the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems?  And, are you planning to allow users to access corporate resources (such as e-mail servers, shared folders, or intranet Web sites) securely without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN) using DirectAccess?

The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Team has just announced the Beta release of the Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for DirectAccess from the Microsoft Connect site.

Step By Step Guide: Demonstrate DirectAccess in a Test Lab Environment

What is the IPD Guide for DirectAccess?

The IPD Guide for DirectAccess provides actionable guidance for designing a DirectAccess infrastructure.  The guide’s easy-to-follow, four-step process gives a straightforward explanation of the infrastructure required for clients to be connected from the Internet to resources on the corporate network, whether or not the organization has begun deploying IPv6.

What is included in this IPD Guide?

This guide include best practice that guides you through the 4-step process to design a DirectAccess infrastructure including the following:

  • Aligning the project scope with the business requirements
  • Determining whether IPv6, Teredo, 6to4, and IP-HTTPS connectivity will be supported for Internet-based clients
  • Assessing the need for IPv6 transition technologies including NAT-PT and ISATAP for internal communication
  • Determining the number and placement of servers, the certificate services requirements, and location of CRL distribution points

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Infrastructure Planning & Design Guides for Server 2008 R2

In support of the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 launch, Microsoft announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 this week the public release of Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides Series for Windows Server 2008 R2 – free best practice and guidance available to help Microsoft customers and partners accelerate their planning process of Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment projects.

The newly-released Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Windows Server 2008 R2 outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of Windows Server 2008 R2. You will be guided through the multi-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Following the steps in these guides will result in a design that is sized, configured, and appropriately placed to deliver the stated business benefits, while also considering the performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system.

The following guides in the Infrastructure Planning and Design series have been updated to reflect new features and capabilities available in Windows Server 2008 R2:

Active Directory Domain Services
Internet Information Services 7.5 (IIS)
File Services
Print Services

Download the IPD Guides now and select a guide or guides from the “IPD Guides for Windows Server” section under the IPD One-click Downloads, listed on the bottom right of the page.

Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning process by:

1. Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.
2. Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
3. Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
4. Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.

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Download these 4 new IPD guides now (or check out our Virtualization and System Center IPD Guides) – they are all free!

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Join the Beta
Additional Infrastructure Planning and Design guides are available as beta releases on the Connect Web site. They are open beta downloads. See below for instructions on how to access the beta guides. To join the Infrastructure Planning and Design Beta, follow these steps:

Visit the Infrastructure Planning and Design Beta at
Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID to continue to the Invitations page.
Scroll down to Infrastructure Planning and Design.

If you have not previously registered with Microsoft Connect, you might be required to register before continuing with the invitation process. If the link in step 1 does not work for you, copy the link and paste it into the Web browser address bar.

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