MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

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Virtual Server update

You can run over 1000 operating systems in Virtual Server (i.e. they are compatible).  Microsoft Supports lots more than you'd think (we now support various versions of red Hat & SuSE Linux as well as Microsoft OS's - have a look at knowledge base article Q917437).

We released a new MOM management pack for Virtual Server R2 last week.  It includes the ability to provide a diagram view of a Host machine with all it's guests.  The really cool thing it offers is a 'Virtualisation Candidate Report' - so if you've got MOM, download the Virtual Server management pack and you'll be able to report on which of your existing servers are good candidates for virtualisation.

SMS SP1 understands Virtual Server as well - if you look in the resource explorer there's now a node that tells you if you're running in a VS.

When we released R2 of Virtual Server, we introduced 64-bit host support (not guest - yet) - this basically means more memory and more performance (twice as many guest machines on the same hardware).  We also introduced Host Cluster Support - which gives you planned downtime support (move resource to another node on the cluster - move a guest machine in seconds) and unplanned downtime support (in the event of a cluster node failing, the guest machines will fail over to another node in the cluster (High Availability for ANY operating system / application).

We're working on the next release of Virtual Server (SP1 for R2) which is soon to be in beta (and will ship in early 2007).  It will introduce support for Intel's VT and AMD's Pacifica technologies.  It will also be Active Directory aware (virtual servers will register themselves in AD) and we'll have support for Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) - the ability to do snapshot backups of guest machines.

All pretty cool..

Windows Hypervisor won't ship until Longhorn Server.


  • Dave Northey has a nice concise Virtual Server Update from the MMS 2006 - breakout sessions.  The...

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