Windows server 2008 RC 0 is out! Regular readers may have noticed the link in last night's post.
Once you've installed it you can go to add the virtualization role in Server manager ... and you'll find it isn't available. What you need to do is navigate to the Windows folder and find a sub-folder named WSV. In there are two patches, apply them both in either order, go back to Server manager and you can add the role.
Don't forget that you need to have a 64 bit machine, and it needs to support Intel VT or AMD-V (previously called Pacifica) technology. On most machines you need to enable virtualization in the BIOS and do a cold boot - you must power off and on simply letting the machine reset after changing the BIOS setting won't work.
Be aware that Server 2008 presents hardware which is different to Virtual PC and Virtual Server and if you're bringing over existing VHDs you may need to re-activate the OS
If you are UK based and would like to be on the IT-Pro Momentum programme please drop me a mail with the word "airframe" in the subject. If you're outside the UK I can try to link you up with the local person in your region.
As James mentioned on stage yesterday in many ways the announcement of Windows Server 2008's Release
Possible dumb question - why will I need a 64bit machine to run Windows Server Virtualization?
Windows 2008 Server runs on 32bit machines yes?
Steve, No dumb questions here. The virtualization bit relies on bits that are only in x64 processors from intel and AMD. It doesn't work on IA64 or 32 bit although the rest of Server 2008 does.