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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Virtual Server 2005 R2 Reviewers Guide

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There's a lot of revised information on www.microsoft.com/virtualserver since R2 was released to manufacture last week, although a really useful document is the new reviewers guide. This document provides a great deal of useful information and answers many frequently asked questions. It outlines the scenarios in which virtualisation is appropriate; provides an excellent architectural overview; a sample installation walkthrough; a walkthrough of how to perform administration plus more, including incorporation of the specifics present in Virtual Server 2005 R2. You can download and read the guide here.
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  • Hi John,

    Thanks for all this precious information.
    I was wondering about the impact of an update on an existing Virtual Server 2005 with VMs in production.
    Any particular problem ?
    Regards,
    Eric.

  • Eric - I'm not aware of any problems and have had none myself in upgrading several environments to R2 code (and through many builds inbetween the public beta and RTM). Be sure to follow the upgrade instructions carefully though at http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/archive/2005/11/14/414286.aspx, which are also documented more fully in the readme files with Virtual Server 2005 R2 once it becomes publicly available (not long to wait now!)

    Keep a backup of the VHDs before you upgrade, just in case you need to roll-back, and make sure you have the time to schedule downtime during the upgrade.

    Only other thing is to make sure you install the latest version of the VM Additions in guests - Virtual Server will log events that the additions are out of date until you correct that each time a guest is started up. This will also enable you to run Windows Server 2003 SP1 as a guest operating system without the performance hits (unless you already have the hotfix from KB900076).

    Cheers,
    John.

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