Dell and Microsoft - Virtualization Solutions for Today and Tomorrow

Dell and Microsoft - Virtualization Solutions for Today and Tomorrow

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Dell and Microsoft continue to expand our partnership to bring solutions to customers of all sizes and at all stages of adopting virtualization into their business. With the recent release of Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Dell has published a white paper on how Dell OpenManage interoperates with SCVMM

Dell has also teamed up with Microsoft to deliver "Deployment Cookbooks" for both System Center Virtual Machine Manager as well as one for SCVMM and System Center Data Protection Manager.

Microsoft®  Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine ManagerThe goal of this cookbook is to provide the steps and guidance necessary for you to successfully install and configure Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. You may then create and manage virtual machines, and perform P2V migration.

And looking ahead, Dell and Microsoft are working on delivering a full set of solutions based on Microsoft's Windows Server virtualization to keep your business on the leading edge.

Dell and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition

With Microsoft®  Virtual Server 2005 and pre-installed Microsoft®  Windows Server 2003 you can host and manage multiple operating systems and applications on each DellTM  PowerEdgeTM  server.

Run Virtual Server 2005 on dependable, standardized Dell hardware and you can get improved CPU utilization, manageability, interoperability through Linux guest support, and scalability for the newest 64-bit solutions.

Microsoft offers a smooth migration path from today's Virtual Server technology to Windows virtualization, helping customers protect their investments and improve performance and scalability, improvement on transactional workloads 64-bit (x64) host support for great scalability, High availability, Host clustering for both planned and unplanned downtime. Linux guest support for:

  • Enterprise distributions:
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (update 6)
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 (update 6)
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0
    SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.0
  • Standard distributions:
    Red Hat Linux 7.3
    Red Hat Linux 9.0
    SuSE Linux 9.2
    SuSE Linux 9.3
    SuSE Linux 10.0

Dell can help you build an efficient datacenter

Whether you're getting started or moving to the next phase of your virtualization strategy, Dell can help. Dell offers Infrastructure Consulting Services to help assess, design, and implement a solution based on your needs and future growth.

The combined strength of Dell, Intel, AMD, and Virtual Server 2005 and pre-installed Microsoft®  Windows Server 2003 can deliver significant benefits for your organizations across all industries and sectors:
  • Virtual Server is a virtualization technology that is engineered for the Windows Server platform.
  • Virtual Server provides key functionality which an ideal virtualization platform should provide - flexibility, scalability, high performance, reliability, security and manageability.
  • Future Windows Server virtualization solutions, along with planned System Center product family releases, will provide an integrated, comprehensive and cost-effective virtualization solution.

To learn more, go to the Microsoft site: http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization. To see how Microsoft's IT department has accomplished virtualization visit: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itshowcase/content/virtualserver2005twp.mspx

                           Virtual Server 2005 R2 Key Features and Benefits
Efficient Use of Hardware Resources
64-bit Host Support
Virtual Server 2005 R2 runs natively within an x64 Windows host operating system, providing customers with increased performance plus more memory headroom for greater scalability.
  • The additional memory space of x64 operating systems allows more guest machines to be run on one host server.
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 running on x64 systems does not have a memory aperture limit. Virtual Server 2005 R2 is supported by the following 64-bit host operating systems:
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (for non-production use)
Virtual Server Host Clustering
Increase server availability cost-effectively through virtual machine clustering between physical machines. Or use Virtual Server host clustering, which supports SAN, iSCSI, or direct attached storage. Benefits of Virtual Server host clustering include:
  • Planned downtime. Patch host operating system or service host hardware with minimal downtime. Virtual machine can be moved from one node to another with downtime dependent on storage infrastructure.
  • Unplanned downtime. Fail over to another cluster node in event of hardware failure on host.
  • Guest operating system agnostic. Move or fail over any virtual machine running any operating system to another cluster node.
  • Cost-effective. Get clustering functionality that is native to Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition and Datacenter Edition and requires no specialized software. Virtual Server host clustering will be available as a free download at the same time as Virtual Server 2005 R2.
CPU Resource Allocation
Adjust weighting and constraint methods for fine-grained control.
Memory Resource Allocation
Resize memory at virtual machine boot time.
Broad x86 Guest OS Compatibility
Run most major x86 operating systems in the virtual machine guest environment.
Enhanced Administrative Productivity and Responsiveness
  • Scripting. Provides scripted control of portable, connected virtual machines for automated configuration and deployment.
  • VHDs. Encapsulates virtual machines in portable Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs), enabling flexible configuration, versioning, and deployment.
  • Virtual networking. Enables flexible networking with guest-to-guest, guest-to-host, and guest-to-net connectivity.
  • Comprehensive COM API. Enables complete scripted control of virtual machine environments.
  • PXE boot. Enables provisioning of virtual machines in the same way as physical servers.
Manage and Migrate
  • Virtual Server Administrative Web console. Enables authenticated administration and client remote access.
  • Windows Server 2003 host operating system. Lets you use your Windows administrative experience when managing Virtual Server 2005 R2 environments.
  • Active Directory integration. Provides delegated administration and authenticated guest access.
  • MOM 2005 Management Pack for Virtual Server. Provides extensible guest-host mapping for event and performance management.
Reliable Solution from a Trusted Platform Vendor
Comprehensive testing and support for Virtual Server in conjunction with Windows Server operating systems and Microsoft server applications.
  • Windows-qualified drivers. Virtual Server uses the Windows host operating system's qualified device drivers, ensuring robust and stable device support and broad device compatibility
  • Operating system support. Microsoft extensively tests Virtual Server in conjunction with Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server.
  • Windows Server System family support. The Common Engineering Criteria 2005 states, "To help customers improve the utilization of hardware resources, all server products will support Virtual Server 2005. Each product must be capable of running from within a virtual instance."
Ecosystem Support
ISVs and customers are able to integrate with Virtual Server for enhanced functionality and manageability.
  • COM management interfaces. Comprehensive COM management interfaces are published and used by management tool vendors.
  • VHD format. Microsoft's VHD file format is available under a royalty-free license, allowing ISVs such as security and management vendors to natively interoperate with Virtual Server.


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