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  • Ouverture de la rubrique « Virtualisation », retrouvez toutes les ressources sur la virtualisation et ses différents outils

    Lancement de la nouvelle rubrique Virtualisation de Développez.com Retrouvez toutes les ressources du club des professionnels de l'informatique En réponse à la demande sans cesse croissante des professionnels IT autour des nouvelles technologies de virtualisation, nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer l'ouverture de la nouvelle rubrique virtualisation sur Développez.com. Une seule adresse contiendra désormais toute l'actualité, les tutoriels, débats, critiques de livres sur la virtualisation en général, et bien évidemment, toutes les ressources sur les outils phares de la virtualisation comme VMware, VirtualBox de Oracle ou Hyper-V de Microso...

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  • Oracle VM & Virtualisation

    - by Alex Blyth
    Hi AllHere are the details for Wednesday's (28th April 2010) webcast on "Oracle VM & Virtualisation" with Special Guest - Dean Samuels, Principal Sales Consultant for Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Linux -  beginning at 1.30pm (Sydney, Australia Time) :Webcast is at http://strtc.oracle.com (IE6, 7 & 8 supported only)Conference ID for the webcast is 6690427Conference Key: oraclevmEnrollment is required. Please click here to enroll.Please use your real name in the name field (just makes it easier for us to help you out if we can't answer your questions on the call)Audio details:NZ Toll Free - 0800 888 157 orAU Toll Free - 1800420354 (or +61 2 8064 0613Meeting ID: 7914841Meeting Passcode: 28042010Talk to you all tomorrowAlex

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  • London Nov-8: Desktop Virtualisation Seminar

    - by mprove
    >> Simplify Application and Data Access with Oracle Desktop VirtualisationMany companies claim they’ll handle your application access needs, and yet only Oracle can provide you with every component needed for secure and reliable access to Oracle Applications and other enterprise software from a variety of devices. This means you can design your deployment knowing that all of the pieces work together, from applications and virtualisation to servers and storage systems.Join us to learn how Oracle desktop virtualisation helps you get the most from your valuable IT resources. Topics we’ll cover and demonstrate in this productive half-day event include: How to provide secure access to applications and data from nearly anywhere on a wide range of devices Use cases for desktop virtualisation How desktop virtualisation can support a wider business transformation agenda Reasons to embrace employees using their own devices for work-related activities How virtualisation can extend the life of your PCs and other devices How desktop virtualisation can decrease your carbon footprint and IT costs << Register here for the free event

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  • Final ever Virtualisation for Developer slidedeck from NxtGenUG Cambridge

    - by Liam Westley
    Thanks to Chris Hay, Allister Frost and the guys from NxtGenUG Cambridge for hosting an evening of virtualisation, and for their secretary Rachel Hawley for sorting out all the dates and details ;-). It was a good turnout so close to Christmas, obviously the bribe of home made mince pies got some people out on a cold wintery December evening.  Big thanks to Allister for driving me to the railway station to ensure I made the 22:29 train, made all the easier by quaffing a couple of very well kept pints of Adnams Broadside in The Punter after the presentation. For those who want the last ever slide decks, they're available here in PDF and PowerPoint format,   http://www.tigernews.co.uk/blog-twickers/nxtgenugcambs/Virt4DevsPdf.zip   http://www.tigernews.co.uk/blog-twickers/nxtgenugcambs/Virt4DevsPowerPoint.zip And a final thanks to all the user groups who have hosted a Virtualisation or Hyper-V talk in the past two years, and gave me a chance to enthuse developers about virtualisation, Dot Net Developers Network, Bristol * (http://www.dotnetdevnet.com/) DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper 7, Reading (DDD7) NxtGenUG, Oxford * (http://www.nxtgenug.net/Region.aspx?RegionID=3) NxtGenUG, Birmingham (http://www.nxtgenug.net/Region.aspx?RegionID=2) DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper Scotland 2, Glasgow (2011 event details) DevEvening, Woking (http://www.devevening.co.uk/) VistaSquad, London (R.I.P. 2010) NxtGenUG, Southampton (http://www.nxtgenug.net/Region.aspx?RegionID=9) GL.Net, Gloucester (http://www.gl-net.org.uk/) NxtGenUG, Manchester (http://www.nxtgenug.net/Region.aspx?RegionID=11) London .NET User Group, London (http://www.dnug.org.uk/) VBUG, Bracknell (http://www.vbug.co.uk/events/default.aspx?region=Reading) NEBytes, Newcastle Upon Tyne (http://www.nebytes.net/) VBUG, London (http://www.vbug.co.uk/events/default.aspx?region=London) NxtGenUG, Hereford (http://www.nxtgenug.net/Region.aspx?RegionID=10) NxtGenUG, Cambridge (http://www.nxtgenug.net/Region.aspx?RegionID=8) * twice, for both Virtualisation for Developers and Hyper-V for Developers Virtualisation for Developers  2008 - 2010 R.I.P. Hyper-V for Developers 2009 - 2010 R.I.P.

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  • VMware sort VMware Go Pro sa solution de virtualisation Cloud pour PME, passerelle vers VMware vSphere

    VMware sort VMware Go Pro Sa solution de virtualisation Cloud pour PME, passerelle vers VMware vSphere VMware vient d'annoncer la sortie de sa solution de virtualisation Cloud pour les PME : VMware Go Pro. VMware Go Pro a pour principal objectif de faciliter les efforts de virtualisation des petites et moyennes entreprises en leur proposant un outil ergonomique, qui simplifie la gestion des systèmes d'information et qui veut améliorer la productivité. L'outil intègre une console centrale unique, pour fédérer et simplifier l'administration des infrastructures physiques et virtuelles. Une console qui permet de « libérer les équipes des tâches récurrentes afin de se consacr...

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  • Fedora 13 étend la virtualisation Linux, la distribution s'appuie sur de nouvelles fonctionnalités K

    Mise à jour du 10.05.2010 par Katleen Fedora 13 étend la virtualisation Linux, la distribution s'appuie sur de nouvelles fonctionnalités KVMM Fedora, la distribution Linux de Red Hat, s'est portée très tôt sur la virtualisation. Dès sa version 4, sortie en 2005, ces technologies ont été incluses et améliorées au sein du produit. Fedora 13, a sortir ce mois-ci, continuera dans cette lignée. Paul Frields, chef de projet Fedora, explique ainsi que la distribution à toujours été "l'avant-garde de la virtualisation" en utilisant KVM "bien avant les autres". Car Fedora, en abandonnant Xen pour KVM, a fait un pas en avant niveau performances et stabilité. Fe...

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  • Virtualisation : Microsoft sort la RC d'Hyper-V Server 2012 qui supporte jusqu'à 4 téraoctets de RAM

    Virtualisation : Microsoft sort la RC d'Hyper-V Server 2012 Disponible en téléchargement gratuit La conférence TechEd North-America a été cette semaine l'occasion pour Microsoft de présenter Hyper-V Server 2012 et d'annoncer la disponibilité de sa Release Candidate en téléchargement gratuit. C'était aussi l'occasion pour Jeff Woolsey, Microsoft Principal Program Manager, d'offrir plus de détails sur les nouveautés de ce moteur de virtualisation (hyperviseur), en dehors de ce que l'on savait sur son intégration avec Windows Server 2012 (ex. Windows Server 8)...

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  • Virtualisation : deux nouveaux outils pour Windows Server 2008 R2 et un changement majeur dans le XP

    Virtualisation : deux nouveaux outils pour Windows Server 2008 R2 Et un changement majeur dans le XP Mode de Windows 7 Microsoft vient d'annoncer deux futurs Service Pack pour Windows 7 et Windows Server 2008 R2. Le SP1 de ce dernier introduira deux nouveaux outils de virtualisation : Microsoft RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. Le SP1 de Windows 7 pour sa part ne proposera que les mises à jour effectuées régulièrement via Windows Update. Dybamic Memory est une amélioration de la technologie Hyper-V qui permet aux administrateurs informatiques de mettre en commun toute la mémoire disponible sur une machine hôte et de la distribuer dynamiquement aux machine...

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  • Oracle lance VirtualBox 4.2 : nouvelles plateformes supportées et fonctionnalités avancées pour l'outil de virtualisation open source

    Oracle lance VirtualBox 4.2 Nouvelles plateformes supportées et fonctionnalités avancées pour l'outil de virtualisation open source Oracle vient de mettre à jour VirtualBox et le lance sous sa nouvelle version majeure 4.2. Ce logiciel de virtualisation est maintenant compatible avec Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion et Oracle Linux 6.3. Cette dernière version incorpore un ensemble de fonctionnalités avancées. Celle-ci inclut la possibilité d'organiser ses machines virtuelles en groupes et catégories, le lancement automatique de machines virtuelles au démarrage de l'OS hôte (sous Linux, Mac OS X y compris) ainsi que l'intégration d'un « mode expert » destiné aux utilisateurs ...

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  • Windows Server 2012 est disponible : simplification et virtualisation renforcée, Microsoft veut dépasser VMWare d'ici deux ans

    Windows Server 2012 disponible : simplification et virtualisation Microsoft veut dépasser VMWare d'ici deux ans Simplification. Tel est le mot clef de Windows Server 2012, l'OS qui vient d'être dévoilé officiellement par Microsoft. Taillé pour le Big Data, la flexibilité et le Cloud, cette version est « la plus ambitieuse depuis Windows Server 2000 », commente Pauline Maillard, chef de produit Windows Server. Un OS que Microsoft présente aujourd'hui comme un « Cloud OS ». [IMG]http://ftp-developpez.com/gordon-fowler/Windows%20Server%208/Windows%20Serve...

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  • VirtualBox sous Linux, un tutoriel pour apprendre à utiliser le logiciel de virtualisation

    Bonjour,Je vous présente un tutoriel sur l'utilisation de virtual box sous linux : Citation: VirtualBox est un logiciel de virtualisation de systèmes d'exploitation. En utilisant les ressources matérielles de l'ordinateur (système hôte), VirtualBox permet la création d'un ou de plusieurs ordinateurs virtuels dans lesquels s'installent d'autres systèmes d'exploitation (systèmes invités).Les systèmes invités fonctionnent en même temps que le système hôte, mais seul ce dernier a accès directement...

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  • XP Mode (Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7) no longer requires hardware virtualisation - hurrah !

    - by Liam Westley
    Windows Virtual PC (aka XP Mode) When XP Mode was released, it insisted on hardware virtualisation being present on your CPU and enabled in the BIOS.  Given that Windows Virtual PC was based on an improved Virtual PC 2007, which provided hardware virtualisation as a user selectable option, I did wonder why on earth Microsoft thought this was a good idea.  Not only do many people not have a CPU with hardware virtualisation support, some manufacturers don't provide a BIOS option to enable this setting, especially on laptops - yes Sony, Toshiba and Acer, I'm looking at you. Dumb and dumber This issue became a double whammy; not only was Microsoft a bit dumb on not supporting Windows Virtual PC without hardware virtualisation, your hardware manufacturer was also dumb in not supporting the option in the BIOS. Microsoft update to Windows Virtual PC Belatedly, Microsoft has seen the problem with this hardware virtualisation requirement and has now released a new version of Windows Virtual PC that works without hardware virtualisation.  This is really good news for those with older (or limited) CPUs and rubbish BIOS firmware. You can details of how to download the new versions of XP Mode here, http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/03/18/windows-virtual-pc-no-hardware-virtualization-update-now-available-for-download.aspx And there is also an explanation of why the hardware virtualisation requirement was in place for previous releases, http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/03/18/windows-virtual-pc-now-without-the-need-for-hardware-virtualization.aspx

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  • VMware Virtualisation - Convert 64bit Windows Server to 32bit VM?

    - by dannymcc
    I have just started playing around with Vmware sphere and have the hypervisor OS installed on a spare HP ProLiant DL360 G4. I have created a test virtual machine running Ubuntu which has worked well. As a test project I wanted to convert a powered on server running Windows Server 2008 64bit into a virtual machine. As soon as I ran the Vmware Go software to start the conversion it became apparent that I cannot run 64bit guest OS's on that particular server. So, is there a way of migrating 64bit to 32bit during the conversion?

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  • Windows 7 : mise à jour du Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, le pack de virtualisation et de déploiement

    Windows 7 : mise à jour de Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack Le pack de virtualisation et de déploiement Microsoft vient de procéder à une mise à jour de son pack de solutions de déploiement et de virtualisation Microsoft Destop Optimization Pack (MDOP) La mise à jour de MDOP porte principalement sur MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation) qui est désormais disponible en version 2.0 et sur APP-V 4 dont le Service Pack 1 est désormais disponible. Le SP1 de Microsoft APP-V 4 rend le processus de virtualisation des applications plus facile et plus rapide grâce à l'intégration du « package ...

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  • Quels sont les apports de la virtualisation pour les PME ? Microsoft présente les avantages et ses solutions pour la technologie

    Découvrez les solutions de Microsoft en matière de virtualisation et les apports pour votre PME Les techniques de virtualisation peuvent permettre d'optimiser pratiquement tous les domaines de l'infrastructure informatique (système d'exploitation, applications, serveurs, base de données, etc.). Définie comme une technologie permettant de mutualiser sur une seule machine plusieurs systèmes d'exploitation et/ou plusieurs applications, comme s'ils fonctionnaient sur des machines distinctes, la virtualisation se positionne aujourd'hui comme un levier d'amélioration du rendement et de réduction des couts pour les PME. Pourquoi choisir la virtualisation ? Comment mener un proj...

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  • EC2-like virtualisation platform with non-RDP access

    - by code'
    I'm looking into setting up a few small VMs. The trouble is the software I intend to install on them (Cisco VPN Client) blocks out networking (other than to the target VPN destination...) with no workaround. This means that Remote Desktop or other methods of connecting to VMs that go via the Internet (e.g. GoToMyPC, LogMeIn) are a non-starter. What I'm really looking for is an EC2-like platform but which gives direct access to the VM through (for example) Hyper-V Manager. Sadly the only way they all seem to offer to remote control the VMs is direct access via Remote Desktop, whereas I need to be one layer above that (if that makes sense). A viable alternative would be to run virtualisation software within a Windows EC2 instance; obviously hardware virtualisation is impossible but I wonder if there are any software virtualisation platforms that could be run and that would work. Does anyone know if something like this exists/is possible? Thanks! C

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  • Bare-metal virtualisation for the desktop

    - by Andrew Taylor
    Hi, Does anyone have any knowledge about bare-metal virtualisation products? I'm interested in building a new desktop machine for home, I've been looking at the Intel Quad Core processors and I'd like to put 8GB of RAM in there, but, it got me thinking about making the most out of the available resources. I thought if I could get a good 64bit machine, put some bare-metal virtualisation on, then have a primary system, I'd also be able to bring up some extra virtualised systems as and when I needed. I know most of the bare metal systems are designed for the server market, but, is there anything out there that works well for a desktop. What are the caveats? I presume I won't be able to make the most out of any video cards I could buy, what about just getting a decent screen resolution, will this be a problem? I run a single 24" screen. What about DVD/CD writing, is this possible? I'd like to re-rip my CD collection, I was hoping the quad 64Bit goodness would help me out with the encoding. I currently use a Mac and couldn't go back to windows so that leaves Linux, I was thinking a primary OS of ubuntu. Does this make a difference? Thanks Andrew

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  • Testing a Virtualisation of a Debian Server (vmWare vSphere probably)

    - by xyza
    I'm soon getting access to a powerful root-server (quad-core, 16gb ram, 1gbit connection) where gameservers (like minecraft,counterstrike etc.) for different customers should be setup. My plan is to use programs such as vmWare vSphere to create some virtual machines for each customer. Inside such a virtual machine I'll setup the gameserver and maybe some kind of ftp server when its needed. Now that I'm kinda new to virtualisation of servers I want to test this local on my Desktop Computer. Is it possible to create a virtual machine of debian using vmWare Player on my Windows desktop computer and then install vmware vSphere in this VM to create multiple VM's inside that VM ? Or do I really need to install Debian on my desktop computer. (I want to use the time during installations etc. to work a bit at my windows installation) Some tips on virtualising debian servers are also appreciated :)

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  • When NOT to use virtualisation? [closed]

    - by Nils
    When virtualisation was new, we tried to virtualized everything. Then came the cases where the virtual machine was very much slower than a physical one. It boils down to the following ruleset (with us) when not to virtualize: Network-io-intesive applications (i.e. with many interrupts/packets) Disk-io-intensive (if not on SAN storage) RAM-intensive (this is the most precious resource) Now this is true for a combination of XEN using local DRBD storage. The same seems to be true for Hyper-V using DAS. I wonder - is it true for all combinations - and what are your limits on these combinations?

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  • Small Business HP Virtualisation and iSCSI SAN Options

    - by Robin Day
    We are a small business that hosts our core product on a number of HP servers. Our core production setup is 1x HP DL380, high powered for a SQL Server Database 1x HP DL360, mid powered for our core application server 6x HP DL320, low powered for our front ends We run our training / testing / support systems on a similar setup, the servers are just older and less powerful. Unfortunately this is now causing us issues as the system has grown beyond the capabilities of these older servers. Upgrading these servers would be expensive and we believe that virtualisation is probably the way to go for the future. Locally we run a number of test / dev environments on ESXi using Direct Storoage on a couple of high powered DL360's and these are performing fairly well. We're thinking that instead of replacing all of our test servers that we can implement an iSCSI SAN and one or two high powered hosts. Hopefully looking that when it comes to replace our live servers as well that we can just expand the virual environment to cope. So my question is... Can anyone offer any advice on some suitable options? We have generally always been extremely happy with HP servers, all of our kit is currently HP, therefore our preference would be to stick with HP, however, I'm always happy to hear about other options. I'm hoping that initially a budget of around 15-25k (GBP) would be suitable, this could potentially be increased if I had confidence that the system would pave the way for a cost effective upgrade of our live systems in the future as well. I am new to SAN's and my only real experience is playing with OpenFiler on some old desktops. I think iSCSI should be suitable, but I've not done any research into how SQL server may perform. I've had a browser through HP's sites and see plenty of information about EVA, MSA, LeftHand, etc. However, from looking at all that, I don't see which options would be best and more importantly I don't know exactly what I would need to buy. Any help, links, opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks

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  • Home Server: cpu virtualisation, what to choose?

    - by Huygens
    I'm looking for virtualisation solutions for storage and OS for a home server. A sort of private cloud where I manage the storage space independently of the VM one. This question focus on VM (or compute instance) management and what would best suit my needs. (I have another question related to the storage management). My use cases are: A backup server: rsync and other services running. A personal cloud server: a kind of owned dropbox system, à la ownCloud. " users foreseen. A media server: streaming videos and displaying photos. Here my environement and wishes: Server: HP Proliant MicroServer with 8 GB RAM (AMD Turion dual core with AMD-V technology) OS types: only Linux (perhaps a *BSD VM in the future) Linux distributions do not matter, I'm familiar with RHEL, Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu, but any other recommandation will be fine 2-3 VMs foreseen: backup server, owncloud server and media server (optional). Those are only servers, so no graphical console needed (I don't need VirtualBox) By VM I mean a virtualised environment like KVM, Xen, etc. or a compute instance like with OpenStack storage should be "virtualised/cloudified" see my other question. VM should be able to be migrated to another server in the future if performance cannot be fullfilled anymore by the current server It does not matter if installation of such setup is complicated as long as management tools allow for easy maintenance I don't have Windows at home, so solution should be Linux friendly and would be nice to be web based. But native apps are OK too. System should be easy to enhance: by adding a new server to migate some of the VMs to it. So it's really a kind of private cloud on which I could run some Linux OS. I would prefer free (libre, as in a free speach) and open source tools. But it does not have to be free as in a free beer. So Xen, KVM, VitualBox or OpenStack? What would you recommend?

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  • Home Server: storage virtualisation, what to choose?

    - by Huygens
    I'm looking for virtualisation solutions for storage and OS for a home server. A sort of private cloud where I manage the storage space independently of the VM one. This question focus on storage management. (I have another question related to the VM/compute instance management). Here my environement and wishes. Server: HP Proliant MicroServer with 8 GB RAM (AMD Turion dual core with AMD-V technology) with 1 250GB system disk and up to 4 HDD (2 TB) for "data" OS types: only Linux (perhaps a *BSD VM in the future) Linux distributions do not matter, I'm familiar with RHEL, Fedora, Suse, Ubuntu, but any other recommandation will be fine The 4 HDD is going to be a software RAID array, probably RAID 5. storage should be "virtualised/cloudified": easy to extend: if I add a NAS on the network, I can include the NAS space capacity within this storage space as one virtual disk. This can be a NAS, an external HDD or another server. cluster FS or S3 style space or OpenStack block storage? Whatever is easier to manage/maintain and easy to integrate/plug to VM/compute instance. I would prefer free (libre, as in a free speach) and open source tools. But it does not have to be free as in a free beer. Note: the VMs I intend to run on top of this server are one dedicated to backup, one for a "owncloud/dropbox"-like service and perhaps one for media server (hosting video and photos). I'm not sure if traditional VMs or compute instance are the most suitable for this.

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  • Upgrading Windows 8 boot to VHD to Windows 8.1&ndash;Step by step guide

    - by Liam Westley
    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/twickers/archive/2013/10/19/upgrading-windows-8-boot-to-vhd-to-windows-8.1ndashstep-by.aspxBoot to VHD – dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 8 became easy When Windows 8 arrived, quite a few people decided that they would still dual boot their machines, and instead of mucking about with resizing disk partitions to free up space for Windows 8 they decided to use the boot from VHD feature to create a huge hard disc image into which Windows 8 could be installed.  Scott Hanselman wrote this installation guide, while I myself used the installation guide from Ed Bott of ZD net fame. Boot to VHD is a great solution, it achieves a dual boot, can be backed up easily and had virtually no effect on the original Windows 7 partition. As a developer who has dual booted Windows operating systems for years, hacking boot.ini files, the boot to VHD was a much easier solution. Upgrade to Windows 8.1 – ah, you can’t do that on a virtual disk installation (boot to VHD) Last week the final version of Windows 8.1 arrived, and I went into the Windows Store to upgrade.  Luckily I’m on a fast download service, and use an SSD, because once the upgrade was downloaded and prepared Windows informed that This PC can’t run Windows 8.1, and provided the reason, You can’t install Windows on a virtual drive.  You can see an image of the message and discussion that sparked my search for a solution in this Microsoft Technet forum post. I was determined not to have to resize partitions yet again and fiddle with VHD to disk utilities and back again, and in the end I did succeed in upgrading to a Windows 8.1 boot to VHD partition.  It takes quite a bit of effort though … tldr; Simple steps of how you upgrade Boot into Windows 7 – make a copy of your Windows 8 VHD, to become Windows 8.1 Enable Hyper-V in your Windows 8 (the original boot to VHD partition) Create a new virtual machine, attaching the copy of your Windows 8 VHD Start the virtual machine, upgrade it via the Windows Store to Windows 8.1 Shutdown the virtual machine Boot into Windows 7 – use the bcedit tool to create a new Windows 8.1 boot to VHD option (pointing at the copy) Boot into the new Windows 8.1 option Reactivate Windows 8.1 (it will have become deactivated by running under Hyper-V) Remove the original Windows 8 VHD, and in Windows 7 use bcedit to remove it from the boot menu Things you’ll need A system that can run Hyper-V under Windows 8 (Intel i5, i7 class CPU) Enough space to have your original Windows 8 boot to VHD and a copy at the same time An ISO or DVD for Windows 8 to create a bootable Windows 8 partition Step by step guide Boot to your base o/s, the real one, Windows 7. Make a copy of the Windows 8 VHD file that you use to boot Windows 8 (via boot from VHD) – I copied it from a folder on C: called VHD-Win8 to VHD-Win8.1 on my N: drive. Reboot your system into Windows 8, and enable Hyper-V if not already present (this may require reboot) Use the Hyper-V manager , create a new Hyper-V machine, using half your system memory, and use the option to attach an existing VHD on the main IDE controller – this will be the new copy you made in Step 2. Start the virtual machine, use Connect to view it, and you’ll probably discover it cannot boot as there is no boot record If this is the case, go to Hyper-V manager, edit the Settings for the virtual machine to attach an ISO of a Windows 8 DVD to the second IDE controller. Start the virtual machine, use Connect to view it, and it should now attempt a fresh installation of Windows 8.  You should select Advanced Options and choose Repair - this will make VHD bootable When the setup reboots your virtual machine, turn off the virtual machine, and remove the ISO of the Windows 8 DVD from the virtual machine settings. Start virtual machine, use Connect to view it.  You will see the devices to be re-discovered (including your quad CPU becoming single CPU).  Eventually you should see the Windows Login screen. You may notice that your desktop background (Win+D) will have turned black as your Windows installation has become deactivate due to the hardware changes between your real PC and Hyper-V. Fortunately becoming deactivated, does not stop you using the Windows Store, where you can select the update to Windows 8.1. You can now watch the progress joy of the Windows 8 update; downloading, preparing to update, checking compatibility, gathering info, preparing to restart, and finally, confirm restart - remember that you are restarting your virtual machine sitting on the copy of the VHD, not the Windows 8 boot to VHD you are currently using to run Hyper-V (confused yet?) After the reboot you get the real upgrade messages; setting up x%, xx%, (quite slow) After a while, Getting ready Applying PC Settings x%, xx% (really slow) Updating your system (fast) Setting up a few more things x%, (quite slow) Getting ready, again Accept license terms Express settings Confirmed previous password Next, I had to set up a Microsoft account – which is possibly now required, and not optional Using the Microsoft account required a 2 factor authorization, via text message, a 7 digit code for me Finalising settings Blank screen, HI .. We're setting up things for you (similar to original Windows 8 install) 'You can get new apps from the Store', below which is ’Installing your apps’ - I had Windows Media Center which is counts as an app from the Store ‘Taking care of a few things’, below which is ‘Installing your apps’ ‘Taking care of a few things’, below ‘Don't turn off your PC’ ‘Getting your apps ready’, below ‘Don't turn off your PC’ ‘Almost ready’, below ‘Don't turn off your PC’ … finally, we get the Windows 8.1 start menu, and a quick Win+D to check the desktop confirmed all the application icons I expected, pinned items on the taskbar, and one app moaning about a missing drive At this point the upgrade is complete – you can shutdown the virtual machine Reboot from the original Windows 8 and return to Windows 7 to configure booting to the Windows 8.1 copy of the VHD In an administrator command prompt do following use the bcdedit tool (from an MSDN blog about configuring VHD to boot in Windows 7) Type bcedit to list the current boot options, so you can copy the GUID (complete with brackets/braces) for the original Windows 8 boot to VHD Create a new menu option, copy of the Windows 8 option; bcdedit /copy {originalguid} /d "Windows 8.1" Point the new Windows 8.1 option to the copy of the VHD; bcdedit /set {newguid} device vhd=[D:]\Image.vhd Point the new Windows 8.1 option to the copy of the VHD; bcdedit /set {newguid} osdevice vhd=[D:]\Image.vhd Set autodetection of the HAL (may already be set); bcdedit /set {newguid} detecthal on Reboot from Windows 7 and select the new option 'Windows 8.1' on the boot menu, and you’ll have some messages to look at, as your hardware is redetected (as you are back from 1 CPU to 4 CPUs) ‘Getting devices ready, blank then %xx, with occasional blank screen, for the graphics driver, (fast-ish) Getting Ready message (fast) You will have to suffer one final reboots, choose 'Windows 8.1' and you can now login to a lovely Windows 8.1 start screen running on non virtualized hardware via boot to VHD After checking everything is running fine, you can now choose to Activate Windows, which for me was a toll free phone call to the automated system where you type in lots of numbers to be given a whole bunch of new activation codes. Once you’re happy with your new Windows 8.1 boot to VHD, and no longer need the Windows 8 boot to VHD, feel free to delete the old one.  I do believe once you upgrade, you are no longer licensed to use it anyway. There, that was simple wasn’t it? Looking at the huge list of steps it took to perform this upgrade, you may wonder whether I think this is worth it.  Well, I think it is worth booting to VHD.  It makes backups a snap (go to Windows 7, copy the VHD, you backed up the o/s) and helps with disk management – want to move the o/s, you can move the VHD and repoint the boot menu to the new location. The downside is that Microsoft has complete neglected to support boot to VHD as an upgradable option.  Quite a poor decision in my opinion, and if you read twitter and the forums quite a few people agree with that view.  It’s a shame this got missed in the work on creating the upgrade packages for Windows 8.1.

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    Quelles sont les meilleures solutions de virtualisation pour faire son Cloud privé ? Smile fait un panorama des outils open-sources disponibles La virtualisation s'attaque à la problématique du poste de travail, vise à régler les problèmes de déploiement et de maintenance, et permet d'améliorer le partage des ressources physiques et d'éviter l'achat superflu de serveurs. C'est dire si son champ d'application devient de plus en plus vaste pour les professionnels. Cette montée en puissance s'est traduite par une démocratisation du Cloud et, notamment pour les entreprises, du Cloud privé. Avec une conséquence du côté des outils, les solutions de virtualisation ont connu ces derniers ...

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