I recently got a new corporate laptop with Windows 8 installed, as I needed to do some lab work I installed VMware Workstation 9 and installed a copy of nested VMware vSphere 5.1 as VMware Workstation delivers this natively. Read more
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With the upcoming release of Hyper-V 3.0 we see a lot of movement from both VMware and Microsoft on marketing level so all features are promoted, recently this type of marketing became a bit more ugly as VMware launched a ‘Get the facts‘ and older blogs from Microsoft on ‘Windows Server 8: Hyper-V 3.0 Evens the Odds with vSphere‘. Dan Brinkmann posted a very useful overview (from a Microsoft perspective) about the hypervisor on his blog.
I’m building a demo site with Xendesktop 5 on Hyper-V (including MCS and no PVS, because it’s just a demo). While the installation went without real problems the configuration had some minor issues. I used the CTX127578 article as a reference.
One of the first questions when virtualizing XenApp is how many VMs to put on a server. Well, that was discussed in the Virtualize XenApp blog. Once you figure out how you plan to carve up the physical server, one of the next common questions is deciding which features of the hypervisor to enable/disable. For example, if I use XenServer, should I use the “Optimize for XenApp” setting? What about vSphere’s Transparent Page Sharing feature? And the big whopper, how should I allocate memory to my virtualized XenApp servers? Is it safe to use dynamic memory or am I safer to stick with fixed memory?