Windows 7 is ready

Via http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/default.aspx

Our Next Engineering Milestone: RTM

Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 7 project. The Windows 7 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we have started to release Windows 7 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next major milestone will be the availability of PCs loaded with Windows 7 and store shelves stocked with Windows 7 on October 22, 2009.

This is a milestone we could not have achieved without the broad participation across the PC Ecosystem we have talked so much about on this blog. Windows 7 is a product not just of Microsoft, but of a whole industry of partners of all kinds. Throughout the development of Windows 7 we’ve seen an incredible engagement from so many people that have contributed to making the Windows 7 engineering project one we, collectively, feel good about. The feedback and collaboration throughout the development of Windows 7 has been outstanding and valuable beyond measure. This work has created the kind of experience so many of you have talked about in this blog—the ability to use a broad range of PC hardware and peripherals with a great setup and out of box experience. On behalf of the Windows team and all of the successful installations and device connections, please let me extend an incredible “thank you” to all of our hardware partners who have done such excellent work.

Windows 7 has also been one of the most broadly and deeply tested releases of software we have ever had. Starting with a pre-beta in October of 2008 with a few thousand developers using Windows 7 at the earliest stages, through the Beta, and then the Release Candidate in May when we have had millions of people successfully running the product (and many on multiple PCs). As we have discussed in this forum, the ongoing depth usage of Windows 7 along with the breadth and variety of hardware and software configurations has provided (and will continue to provide) the key tools to make sure we continue to deliver ever-improving Operating System quality.

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Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really)

Lange hat es gedauert..

Official Google Blog: Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really)

We’re often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of „beta“ software as not being yet ready for prime time.

Ever since we launched the Google Apps suite for businesses two years ago, it’s had a service level agreement, 24/7 support, and has met or exceeded all the other standards of non-beta software. More than 1.75 million companies around the world run their business on Google Apps, including Google. We’ve come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn’t fit for large enterprises that aren’t keen to run their business on software that sounds like it’s still in the trial phase. So we’ve focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.

Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — both enterprise and consumer versions — are now out of beta. „Beta“ will be removed from the product logos today, but we’ll continue to innovate and improve upon the applications whether or not there’s a small „beta“ beneath the logo. Indeed, today we’re also announcing some other Google Apps features that we think will appeal to large enterprises: mail delegation, mail retention and ongoing enhancements to Apps reliability.

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VMware – Latest Updates

These are the changes or updates made to the Guest Operating System Installation Guide since it was last published:

  • Added OSP support to 32-bit and 64-bit “SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11” on page 227 and “SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11” on page 234 for ESX 3.5 Update 4.
  • Added OSP support for 32-bit and 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 8 on ESX 3.5 Update 4. See “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4” on page 170.

VMware Compatibility Guide: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=software

PDF: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/GuestOS_guide.pdf

HTML: http://pubs.vmware.com/guestnotes/

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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Timelines Shared at Computex

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Timelines Shared at Computex: Steve Guggenheimer’s anniversary keynote address at leading OEM conference highlights partner opportunities with upcoming Microsoft innovations.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Timelines Shared at Computex

TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 3, 2009 — Today during a keynote address at Computex 2009 in Taipei, Microsoft’s OEM Division Corporate Vice President Steve Guggenheimer revealed that the company is confident with the progress made with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and that as a result, Microsoft will deliver Release to Manufacturing (RTM) code to partners in the second half of July. Windows 7 will become generally available on Oct. 22, 2009, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be broadly available at the same time.

Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Division Corporate Vice President.
Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Division Corporate Vice President.

“As we’ve said many times, quality is our primary goal,” Guggenheimer said. “We announce each milestone once we’re confident of where we are in the development cycle and that it is ready to be shared with customers and partners. We’ve received great feedback from our partners who are looking forward to offering Windows 7 to their customers in time for the holidays.”

In addition to this, Guggenheimer announced that Microsoft will make available an upgrade option, so partners can offer customers the ability to purchase a Windows Vista-based PC and install Windows 7 when it’s ready.

“Microsoft has been working closely with partners to help our mutual customers be able to enjoy the many benefits of Windows 7,” he said. “With that in mind, we’re excited to say that there will be a Windows upgrade program available. Consumers can buy that new PC, whether for a student heading off to college or just because they need a new one, and know they’ll get Windows 7 as part of the deal.”

The actual start date for the program will be announced when it is ready for consumers, and partners are ready to provide details to customers.

Today’s keynote address is Guggenheimer’s second at Computex. The last time he spoke at the show, he had just taken over the helm of OEM, the division that works with hardware manufacturers worldwide to integrate Microsoft technologies and bring PCs, laptops, mobile handsets and other devices to life.

Although the economic realities of the past year have created new challenges for customers, partners and the IT industry, Guggenheimer says the power of innovation, through both software and broad collaboration with partners, will continue to benefit consumers, the industry and the economy at large.

“What we’re doing with Windows will continue to improve people’s lives so that that technology enables them to communicate better, make tasks simpler and new things possible,” he says. “Our partners in the hardware space, our competitors in software — the entire industry is doing incredible things.”

More on Microsoft PressPass Website >>

VMware-Update soll Ausbruch aus dem Gastsystem verhindern

heise online – 14.04.09 – VMware-Update soll Ausbruch aus dem Gastsystem verhindern

VMware hat Sicherheits-Updates veröffentlicht, die eine kritische Lücke in seinen Produkten schließen soll, durch die ein Anwender eines Gastsystems das Wirtssystem unter seine Kontrolle bringen kann. Insbesondere in Bereichen, in denen unbedingt die Einflussnahme des Gasts auf den Host verhindert werden soll, etwa in Malware-Laboren und Serversystemen, stellt die Lücke eine nicht zu unterschätzende Bedrohung dar. Genaue Angaben macht der Hersteller zwar nicht, die Ursache des Problems liegt aber wohl in einem Fehler eines virtuellen Gerätetreibers im Zusammenhang mit der Display-Funktion und dem Framebuffer.

Betroffen sind:

  • VMware Workstation <= 6.5.1
  • VMware Player <= 2.5.1
  • VMware ACE <= 2.5.1
  • VMware Server 2.0
  • VMware Server <= 1.0.8
  • VMware Fusion <= 2.0.3
  • VMware ESXi 3.5 ohne Patch ESXe350-200904201-O-SG
  • VMware ESX 3.5 ohne Patch ESX350-200904201-SG
  • VMware ESX 3.0.3 ohne Patch ESX303-200904403-SG
  • VMware ESX 3.0.2 ohne Patch ESX-1008421

Ein Exploit zum Ausnutzen der Lücke ist offenbar bereits für Kunden der Sicherheitsfirma Immunity verfügbar – zumindest zeigt ein Video, wie der Cloudburst-Exploit unter Vista funktioniert.

Via heise Newsticker >>

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VMware Cost-Per-Application Calculator

VMware Virtualization Cost-Per-Application Calculator: Calculate IT Cost Savings

The VMware Cost-Per-Application Calculator compares the cost of virtualizing applications on VMware Infrastructure 3 versus other commodity virtualization offerings, like Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (Hyper-V). The calculator provides an accurate and simple methodology to determine and compare the deployment costs of virtualization solutions by 1) including both software and hardware infrastructure costs and 2) accounting for number of applications that a virtualization platform can run on each sever.

By leveraging the VMware Cost-Per-Application Calculator, you will see how VMware’s superior virtualization technology enables greater cost savings while at the same time greatly improves reliability and availability across your IT infrastructure.

Calculate your own VMware Cost-Per-Application


Summary:

Based on your inputs, the cost-per-application to virtualize 200 applications using VMware Infrastructure 3 Enterprise Edition is

$2,999 — 9% lower than with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (Hyper-V) and System Center.

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Managing VMware with PowerShell Video

Erik Sloof von NTPRO.NL hat auf der VMworld Europe 2009 die Session „Managing VMware with PowerShell“ aufgenommen und veröffentlicht.

Eine Super Session wie ich finde. Alle 3 Teile anbei.


TA01 – Managing VMware With PowerShell from Eric Sloof NTPRO.NL on Vimeo.

TA01 – Managing VMware With PowerShell Part I from Eric Sloof NTPRO.NL on Vimeo.


TA01 – Managing VMware With PowerShell Part II from Eric Sloof NTPRO.NL on Vimeo.

Virtu-Al – VI Toolkit Quick Reference Guide

Virtu-Al » VI Toolkit Quick Reference Guide

Virtu-Al offers a great VI Toolkit Quick Reference Guide on http://www.virtu-al.net

Download the Quick Guide PDF here: http://virtu-al.net/Downloads/VIToolkitQuickReferenceGuide.pdf

Nice Guide.

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Installing the Performance Overview Plug-In in VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 4

VMware KnowledgeBase Article – Installing the Performance Overview Plug-In in VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 4

Products:
VMware VirtualCenter

Details:

Performance Overview is an optional plug-in available with VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 4. If the Performance Overview plug-in is installed, the Performance Overview tab in the VirtualCenter displays a single view of key performance metrics for CPU, memory, disk, and network without navigating through multiple charts.

Solution:

Prior to installing the Performance Overview plug-in:
  1. Copy the VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 4 build to the VirtualCenter Server system.

    Note
    : If the contents of the folders vpxperfCharts (iso) or binperfCharts (ZIP) are not copied to the local drive of the VirtualCenter Server, an Access Denied error appears when the install.bat command is run later in the installation process.
  2. If you are upgrading to VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 4, stop the VMware Infrastructure Web Access service before upgrading the VirtualCenter.
  3. Install or upgrade to VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 4 and start the VMware Infrastructure Web Access service.
  4. Download Java SE Development Kit 6u11, and install JDK 1.6.
  5. Configure the environment variables:
    1. Right-click My Computer and click Properties.
    2. In the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables.
    3. In the System variable list, select Path and click Edit.
    4. In Variable value, append C:Program FilesJavajdk1.6.0_11bin

      If an older version of JRE is present, run the following command in the command window:

      set path=C:Program FilesJavajdk1.6.0_11bin;%path%

    5. In the System variable list, select JAVA_HOME and click Edit.
      If JAVA_HOME does not exist, click New and in the Variable name, enter JAVA_HOME.
    6. In Variable value, enter C:Program FilesJavajdk1.6.0_11
    7. Log out and log back in to the VirtualCenter Server.
To install the Performance Overview plug-in:
  1. In the command window of VirtualCenter Server system, go to the vpx/perfCharts folder, the location where the Performance Overview plug-in is available.
    If you are using the ZIP file, go to the binperfCharts folder.
  2. Run install.bat <VirtualCenter_Username> <VirtualCenter_Password>
Note:

Product Versions:
VMware VirtualCenter 2.5.x

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VMworld: Cloud-Initiative für virtuelle Zentren

heise online – 26.02.09 – VMworld: Cloud-Initiative für virtuelle Zentren

Vmwares vCloud
Konkretes zum Cloud Computing legte VMware auf den Tisch. Zur vCloud-Initiative haben sich inzwischen rund 35 Partner zusammengefunden, unter denen eine Reihe namhafter aus der IT- und Telko-Branche zu finden sind wie die British Telekom, Cisco, Dell, EMC, F5, Fujitsu-Siemens, Intel, NEC, Netapp, Siemens, Sun Microsystems und T-Systems.

Auf Grundlage ihrer vMotion-Technik, die das Verlagern virtueller Systeme im Rechnerverbund erlaubt, wollen die Entwickler bei VMware „Long Distance vMotion“ realisieren. Damit wären Betreiber in der Lage, komplette Datacenter im laufenden Betrieb von einem an einen anderen Ort umziehen zu lassen.

Auf der administrativen Seite soll es ein vCloud-Plug-in für vCenter geben. Verantwortliche können dann mit dem vCenter Server nicht nur mehrere Datacenter, sondern auch mehrere Clouds verwalten und überwachen. Außerdem wären sie in der Lage, eine VM bei Bedarf per Drag & Drop von ihrem Standort in eine Cloud zu verschieben.

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