Some great resources for digging deeper into Windows virtualization

This is a recent blog post, I am porting it over to WordPress. If you want to understand virtualization I think these links are extremly helpful


Recently I found myself immersed more in the world of Windows virtualization beyond just released products but looking at Windows virtualization in a more abstract manner. In reality I was preparing for what I expected to be extremely tough virtualization interviews and wanted to get my information directly from the source and not deal with marketing or preapproved documentation. What ended up happening is my search for a great virtualization position ended up landing me in position focused on the Windows platform in general dealing with some of the largest Microsoft deployments.

One frustrating thing that I found is that the majority of IT pro’s I speak with still consider virtualization to be “VDI”. Virtualization is a very broad term and if you didn’t really get how broad it can be and you are a Windows geek I think a couple of hours of your time will pay off.

Before you go any further in this blog let me set the expectation for the type of information contained here. The expected reader of this is assumed to understand the architecture of Windows NT/Windows Server, concept of a hypervisor, application virtualization, session virtualization (Terminal Server), and the common pitfalls of attempting to virtualize applications today in any manner. It helps if you understand operating system development concepts or at least writing code that interfaces tightly with the Windows operating system.

All of the links provided here are existing Microsoft documents or videos.

The first link is about Drawbridge – a codename from Microsoft research where they are investigating the development of a library operating system running in a sandbox. This may seem a little boring to some but if you watch it I think it will really open your mind to what the possibilities can be when it comes to virtualizing applications in Windows.

The next video goes fairly deep into App-V. This video is old but I highly encourage you to watch it. I learned a few things about interesting ways to use App-V. This video also opened my mind and reminded me of ways to approach programming concepts. If you are a fan of App-V and/or Remote Desktop this is well worth the watch.

Technet link explaining shims


Detours – This is not a new concept or new information but understanding this concept in my opinion is critical to being a Windows virtualization expert.


Greg Lirette – @glirette on Twitter

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