John Howard - Senior Program Manager in the Hyper-V team at Microsoft

Senior Program Manager, Hyper-V team, Windows Core Operating System Division.

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Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Announcements

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Yesterday was significant for two reasons. Two related announcements were made on microsoft.com regarding the support policy for those of you running microsoft applications in virtual environments. I am asked about this so often, and am frustrated by the answers I have had to previously give. No longer though.

One announcement defines the level of support PSS will provide should you raise a case with them regarding issues existing in virtual machines. The other announcement provides a list of what products are not supported has been published, why this is the case and when/if you are going to see these issues fixed.

Virtualisation is an area of technology that I am absolutely passionate about, and Virtual Server is a fabulous product to allow you to make virtualisation a reality. If you are not already aware of the benefits of virtualisation for consolidation, testing, rehosting or other scenarios that you may come up with yourselves, please take a few moments to browse through the wealth of information  available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/default.mspx.

Here's the links to the announcments:

KB: 897613 Microsoft Virtual Server support policy
http://www.support.microsoft.com/kb/897613

                                                                           
KB: 897614 Windows Server System software not supported within a Microsoft Virtual Server environment
http://www.support.microsoft.com/kb/897614 

By the way, if you have any war stories about how the use of virtualisation is saving you time and money, or even if it is causing you grief, please take a moment to drop me a line - either through a comment here or by contacting me directly through the link at the top of the page.

Have a check also on Paul Adare's blog for more information. Paul will be running sessions at TechEd US this year for Virtual Server.

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