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In case you have not been reading your RSS feeds, or surfing the web recently, Microsoft made a BIG announcement at Linux World today. eWeek has a good interview with Jim Ni – a group product manager for the Windows Server Team that talks a bit more in depth then the press-pass stuff.
In summary – the news is…… Virtual Server 2005 R2 is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD right now. Yup – not a time bombed eval, not a trial or demo – we’re talking full outright top notch virtualization technology that you can download today.
We’ve also put out our beta Virtual Machine Additions for Linux, which will be released with the final cut of service pack 1 for VS2005 R2. With these additions, you get better mouse and video interaction for the guest OS, Host initiated/coordinated shutdown, time sync and host/guest heartbeat. These additions can be found here for the following distros:
In case you missed the recent Build ‘06 tour where the fourth session was about Windows Server 2003 R2 – virtualization brings some interesting possibilities. If you purchase Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise edition – you are allowed to virtualize up to 4 guest machines without violating your license. That means on a suitably equipped Host machine, you can legally install and run up to 4 instances of Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise edition at no extra cost of license! Talk about server utilisation and resource management!
I have been using the 64 bit version of Virtual Server 2005 R2 installed on my 64 bit version of Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise which is currently running on my new Dell demo hardware (Optiplex GX 620 dual core 64 bit box). I will be posting an entry in the not too distant future talking about my experiences with the new hardware and new setup - stay tuned.
I love virtualization. I have been using it for a number of years including working in detail with some of the other virtualization solutions out there (you know who I am talking about). I have implemented both solutions for customers and clients when I was an enterprise consultant. I can talk about both sides of the street when required. While I was in Winnipeg for the Build ‘06 tour, I had a number of conversations with people around virtualization and what our product can do. It surprised me to find out they didn’t know about a couple of things that I think are really cool (and extremely powerful) going forward.
I could go on and on about virtualization, but it is getting late. I wanted to make sure you had this info and were aware of the changes in the very dynamic space of virtualization. As I mentioned previously, stay tuned about an update on how my team uses virtualization to put on the Canadian TechNet events and engage with IT Pros and customers across Canada.
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