Best of Questions and Answers from TechNet Webcast: Virtualization in a Nutshell


Click to view the On-Demand Webcast Below are the best of the questions and answers that occurred during our TechNet Webcast entitled, TechNet Webcast: Virtualization in a Nutshell (Level 300)

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Questions and Answers

“Who is handling q&a today?”
Keith Combs, Dan Stolts, John Baker, Yung Chou and Harold Wong (THANKS GUYS!)

“Is this a VMware ad?”
No, of course not. (This was obviously in response to my honest acknowledgement that VMware is the market leader. And as I said, “For now.”)

“What about rapid deployment of images?”
That will be Microsoft Deployment.

“What is the minimum physical memory recommended to run a Hyper-V enviroment? The memory so one can be fairly performant.”
For a test environment?

“For maintaining a domain with about 100 computers, usually for login and file sharing support.”
Take a look at the Hyper-V planning and deployment guide at

“I have viewed the deployment Guide and it covers the maximum amounts of memory, processors and hard drive space but does not address minimum recommended configurations.”
If you look at it gives you hardware considerations for the host machine running Hyper-V, including CPU, memory, networking and storage. How much you need is dependent on how many guest machines you’ll be running and how they’ll be configured.

“Do you have cluster hyper-v demo? SCVMM manages Cluster hyper-v?”
Yes, we’ll have some clustering demos later in the series. I believe we’ll be showing a Hyper-V Cluster and possibly an ESX cluster

“Are there any resources available to help in sizing Hyper-V implementations?”
Yes, There is a webcast

“The application files that are being streamed, are the in application data folder or a san kind of folder like appstream?”
It really doesn’t matter. You don’t have to store it on a SAN – so long as it is accessible.

“With Paint for example, would all files saved with the remote instance save to a remote location only, or can files be saved locally and remotely?”
Wherever is accessible to you.

“Sorry the SAN box is a concept of folder structure that is applied with thinstall or thinapp. But the DLL’s and the help files, etc. Are they local? And what folder are they being streamed to? What local directory?”
Sorry, I misunderstood. For Application Virtualization, the files are streamed to the client and then stored locally in the user’s profile for faster access. They are not “installed” into the user’s program files directory or Windows directory.

“Any possibility to do Virtual PC (hyper-v compatible) for vista x64 or Windows 7 x64?”
Hyper-V is the only product we have that runs x64 virtual machines. But if you’re asking if we’ll ever have a desktop version of Hyper-V, that I don’t know.

“VMware Workstation 6.5 doesn’t have support for the WDDM drivers needed for Aero, Do you all have no issue with the video including 3d effects.”
I don’t understand the question. I am not aware of any virtualization product anywhere that supports AERO. 

“I missed it, does the Virtual Machine Manager work with Virtual Server 2005 R2?”
Yes. I don’t think you missed it. I actually don’t think the webcast specifically said. Thanks for asking!

“There is also a Hyper-V book coming out by John Kelbley that is available for Advance order
Thanks, Dan!

“Will this virtual server contains all the facilities of VMWare?”
SCVMM 2008 lets you import the VMWare Virtual Center arrangement of your virtual machines and their configuration.. and it uses all of the same APIs, so it gives you FULL management of VMWare as well as Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1.

“I have been using the Self Service Portal and I have a question about the access to the virtual machine. There are two ways: Connect to VM and Remote Desktop. A normal user can access remotely to the machines when they are configured with external network. Can they access to virtual machines that are configured with an internal or private network?”
No.  It’s not going to do some magical pass-thru kind of RDP connection for you there.  Remember that the Self Service Portal doesn’t have to be an SCVMM Management Server.  It just has to be a web server with that web application configured and connected to SCVMM.  Your RDP connection will be attempted from your location, to the address of that machine.  If you can’t see or don’t have a way to use RDP to that machine, you won’t be connecting that way. The portal was designed with intranets in mind. The self service portal simply hosts the VMConnect, RDP and VMWare Control which execute on the user client. It doesn’t do any sort of network bridging. The controls need clear network access to the host or guest in the case of RDP.

One idea for you would be to use Terminal Services Web Access to bridge that gap, and expose the browser client to the SSP hosted internally.


Thanks again for all the great questions.  See you in future webcasts!

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