Microsoft Tools Virtualization

Download Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2

The Microsoft Virtualization team announced the availability of the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services for Linux Version 2.1. This release marks yet another milestone in providing a comprehensive virtualization. They have supported Linux as a guest operating system on the virtualization platform from the days of Virtual Server and continue to enhance the support in that regard.

The following features are included in the 2.1 release:

  • Driver support for synthetic devices: Linux Integration Services supports the synthetic network controller and the synthetic storage controller that were developed specifically for Hyper-V.
  • Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V: Boot devices take advantage of the block Virtualization Service Client (VSC) to provide enhanced performance.
  • Timesync: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain synchronized with the clock on the host.
  • Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be gracefully shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support: Supported Linux distributions can use up to 4 virtual processors (VP) per virtual machine.
  • Heartbeat: Allows the host to detect whether the guest is running and responsive.
  • Pluggable Time Source: A pluggable clock source module is included to provide a more accurate time source to the guest.

Download the Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 here

This version of the integration services for Hyper-V supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4 / 5.5.

For support questions, please utilize the Linux Integration Services forum here:

Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

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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Get the IPD Guide for DirectAccess Now!

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General Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Complete eBook: Windows Server 2008 Features – by Don Jones

Are you using – or preparing to use – Windows Server 2008? Make sure you’re not just upgrading the OS, but also upgrading what you do with it by taking advantage of new features, new techniques, and subtle new capabilities. IT guru Don Jones guides you through WIndows Server 2008’s most important new capabilities in a short, tip-focused format that helps you immediately take advantage of the greatest new features. Walk through installing a Server Core domain controller, secure Windows PowerShell, use a Read-Only Domain Controller, and much, much more…

Brief Contents of the Book:

Volume 1: Server Core Domain Controllers, Read-Only Domain Controllers, CHKDSK, IIS7
Volume 2: Windows Server Backup, Using Windows PowerShell, and Understanding Hyper-V
Volume 3: Remote Server Manager, Leveraging Server Core, Deleted AD Object Recovery, Classifying Files, and Remote Command-Line Administration
Volume 4: Configuring Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft’s Many Virtualization Options, The New Windows Log Files, and Geographically-Dispersed Cluster Nodes

Check this link for download information –

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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.

Get IPD Guides now!

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

Get other related Windows Server Solution Accelerators such as Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and Offline VM Servicing Tool

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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