ws2008 It's official.  The virtualization team has hit their release candidate milestone.  You'll be able to grab the bits from the download center later this morning.  In the meantime, here's an excerpt from the press release:

REDMOND, Wash. — March 19, 2008 — Reaching the next major milestone in virtualization development, Microsoft Corp. today made broadly available a feature-complete release candidate of Microsoft Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization software available with various versions of Windows Server 2008. A beta of Hyper-V was included with Windows Server 2008 when it launched last month, and this release candidate provides updated, near-final code.

Hyper-V provides customers with efficient and cost-effective virtualization infrastructure software. It enables customers to reduce operating costs by increasing hardware utilization, optimizing infrastructure and improving server availability. Customers and partners can download the release candidate at http://www.microsoft.com/Hyper-V by 10 a.m. PDT today.

See the rest of the press release @ http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/mar08/03-19RCHyperVPR.mspx.