Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
This morning at the Microsoft Management Summit we demonstrated a number of new technologies we’ve had under wraps for a while. See the press release for more information on Bob Muglia’s keynote. One of the products I really dig is System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. No, that wasn’t a typo. SCVMM 2008 was demonstrated on stage and is now available for download through http://connect.microsoft.com. Once there, go to the Connection Directory then the Business Solutions area. Of course you could just try clicking the screenshot below. That might work as well. Hint hint.
Here’s a screenshot of the connect site and the beta download of SCVMM 2008. As you can see, you can go sign up and start downloading the bits right now. The sign up process is fast and painless. I know, highly unusual. Grin.
I’ll be doing some screencasts soon on the product. It looks like the product group is going to let me use their demo system so I’ll likely do a multi-part screencast series to show all the in and outs to managing Hyper-V and ESX. Should be fun.
Why do you care about this product?
There are lots of reasons, but there are a couple of key reasons. First, SCVMM 2008 will allow you to manage virtualization workloads running on Windows Server 2008 with the Hyper-V role. And of course the most requested feature is the ability to manage VMWare ESX server virtual machines.
Here are the Top 10 Features :
Other links and references
http://connect.microsoft.com for the SCVMM 2008 Beta.
http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowForum.aspx?siteid=17&ForumID=1825&SiteID=17 for the TechNet forum area.
http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/scvmm/default.mspx for the product website.
http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx for the Microsoft Virtualization website.
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/mgmtsummit/default.mspx for the MMS 2008 “Virtual” press room.
Thy SCVMM Beta is located under "Server" in the directory. At least that's where I found it. :)