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SCVMM 2008 R2 – now available for download to TechNet subscribers

SCVMM 2008 R2 – now available for download to TechNet subscribers

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It took a while, but the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 released bits are now on the TechNet Direct Plus subscriber download area.  Looks like it’s right at 3.4GB so expect it to take at least twenty minutes to download.  Grin.  This is the 64 bit download and here are the highlights for this product release:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 RTM is now available. VMM 2008 R2 RTM is the latest upgrade to VMM 2008, Microsoft’s comprehensive management solution for the virtualized datacenter which enables consolidation of physical servers, rapid provisioning of new virtual machines and unified management of physical and virtual infrastructure through one console. VMM 2008 R2 now manages many of the great new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 RC Hyper-V including:

  • Live Migration -- for moving virtual machines between hosts with no downtime

  • Additional enhanced migration support for SAN migration in and out of clusters

  • Multiple virtual machines per LUN using Clustered Share Volumes

  • Hot add of virtual machine storage

Additional features:
  • Functionality to migrate storage for running VMs

  • iSCSI target and SAN-based migration across clusters

  • Template-based rapid provisioning

  • Maintenance mode to automate the evacuation of VMs off host machines,

  • Live Migration host compatibility checks

Downloading VMM 2008 R2 Evaluation:

The VMM 2008 R2 RTM evaluation download is located in the Download Center site.

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  • Actually... this was available on MSDN a week ago for about 24 hours and then it was pulled again. Is there any differences between that version and this version?

  • Any idea when SCVMM 08 (regular) will be able to manage R2 hosts? I'd like to do some preliminary testing and departments here are always buying new servers and we are bound to get an R2 box any day, so i'd like to be able to utilize them.

    I know the regular scvmm won't be able to maange the new features of R2 machines, but I atleast need to manage them at the regular hyper-v level. I heard a patch was coming?