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    SCVMM Beta 2 has been released, offering IT administrators a fully featured and easy to use suite of management tools. Enhancements in Beta 2 package include: P2V and V2V conversions, 64-bit server support, remote installation options and a vastly improved UI. Sign up to download and evaluate this...
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    Well, we've been waiting for this one for a little while, and here it is...KB950050. Get the details from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/virtualization-consolidation.aspx and download from here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=F3AB3D4B-63C8-4424-A738-BADED34D24ED&displaylang...
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    With System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) now RTM, we've moved a step closer to delivering a truly compelling virtualisation story to our customers and partners - something that will really come to life when Windows Server Virtualisation becomes a reality in 2008 (adding x64 and multi-proc guest...
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    The Windows Server team recently announced some updated timings for the forthcoming releases of Windows Server Virtualisation and Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 - get the details of what, where and when (RH)
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    The recently published Infrastructure Planning and Design Solution Accelerator is a great place to start when considering the practical implications of deploying Microsoft's broad range of virtualisation technologies. I've just worked through the 'Windows Server Virtualization' paper, and it looks like...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager 'R2'?

    Looks like the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) team have built up a fair head of steam. With SCVMM2007 now RTM (see previous post for details), there are already whispers of an R2 version being under development - most likely for release in the second half of 2008. Early suggestions are...
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