Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 delivers industry leading fabric management, virtual machine management and services deployment in private cloud environments. VMM offers key new features that include hypervisor creation and management, network management, storage management, private cloud creation, self-service usage and service creation. It features deep investments in server application virtualization, service design and service modeling all of which can be used to efficiently offer an on-premises private cloud.
[UPDATE for 4/23/2012] - The information on the supported upgrades below is incorrect and out-of-date. The RC download description was updated last September, but this blog entry did not receive that update. The information on the SCVMM blog post supersedes the information here. Sorry for the confusion.
Whew! Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=27252.
Since you're deeply involved in MS Virtualization strategy and applications, could you suggest the best way to keep Native Boot VHDs up-to-date. Combination of Base and Differencing VHDs presents a very effective solution for using several conflicting applications, requiring different hardware drivers. The main problem is, each Differencing VHD must be regularly updated, when the desired solution would involve updating only Base VHD with Win and generic app updates, and propagating these changes to all Dif VHDs, so that they don't need to be recreated again and again. Only the apps installed onto a Dif VHD, would be updated on it. See System & Differencing VHDs sync and update strategy (http://reboot.pro/15406/) for more details.
Could VMM be used to keep Base and its Dif VHDs up-to-date, and deliver the updates in optimal way? Or, would you suggest another approach to hit both goals: update the Base, and avoid recreating existing Difs or time consuming duplicate updates of each Dif with the staff that belongs on the Base?
You can reply in that forum too, its extremely popular, and will promote MS virtualization efforts.