glad to see that Microsoft is listening to its customers who have been telling
us for some time now that it wasn’t “on” to only support
Windows on Virtual Server. Well now (as of Monday April 3rd), MS
have announced that we will support Linux as well and that Virtual Server 2005
R2 Enterprise Edition will be available at for free.
detail from the announcement here: This is the full Virtual Server 2005 R2
Enterprise edition available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions that we shipped
in Q4 CY2005. This is not a trial or a limited version in any way. This is a
fully-supported product, not some unsupported Trojan horse designed to get you
to update a multi-thousand dollar per-processor, per-server product. Virtual
machines created today with Virtual Server will be able to migrate into our
hypervisor based Windows virtualization. This is a risk free proposition and
it’s the real deal.
are we doing this? We want to continue the tremendous momentum we’ve had
with the Virtual Server R2 release and we’ve already stated publicly that
we’re developing virtualization technology going into Longhorn Server so
we want people getting used to the idea that virtualization should be free.
detail on the Linux support (see below) and availability of our VM Additions
Linux guest operating systems within Virtual Server R2 are:
can read a lot more detail on the Virtual Server website.