As enterprises continue to adopt virtualisation at an increasingly frenetic pace, more heterogeneous data centers (site running both Windows and Linux servers) are facing the complexity brought on by the need to integrate these normally incompatible environments. As a direct result of the landmark relationship announced between Microsoft and Novell on November 2, 2006, customers now have a wide range of solutions available to them that can be deployed to facilitate interoperability between Windows and Linux server environments. During this session learn about how to assess the opportunities to consolidate workloads currently running on Linux and Windows systems onto Hyper-V based servers. Understand when and how to use Novell's PlateSpin Recon and Migrate solutions to evaluate the mixed environments and then to migrate (P2V) Linux systems or legacy Windows solutions (not handled by SCVMM) to run on Hyper-V. Also learn about the Linux Integration Components (LICs) created and maintained by Microsoft to enable SUSE Linux to run as a paravirtualised guest on Hyper-V systems. These LICs make SUSE an optimised guest, providing considerable performance improvements over non-LIC enabled distributions of Linux. Finally, learn about the special SUSE Linux Management Packs that Novell developed to operate seamlessly with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager R2 and how they further facilitate heterogeneous system management.