For all you Virtual Server fans out there, you'll be pleased to know that the Beta 2 has been released to the public, for you to download and enjoy.

With this release of VS 2005 R2, we can take the opportunity to show some of the cool new features!  Also, with the availability of System Center Virtual Machine Manager, which is also in Beta, you can now start to realise the benefits of a Microsoft virtualisation solution.

So, at this stage, what does the Beta 2 give you?

  • AMD Virtualisation (AMD-V) compatibility
  • Intel Virtualisation Technology (IVT) compatibility
  • Host Clustering technical white paper
  • Active Directory integration using service connection points
  • Volume Shadow Service, which provides customers with improved support for backup and disaster recovery. Instead of scheduling downtime for backing up each virtual machine individually, customers will now be able to take snapshot backups of physical machines that will in turn take snapshots of all the virtual machines on that physical host.
  • Offline VHD mounting now enables customers to view and manipulate the files in a VHD without having to start the virtual machine. This will now enable administrators to easily deploy scripts and perform virus scans across VHDs without having to start each virtual machine.
  • Windows Vista will be supported as a guest OS when Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 becomes generally available

You can download the Beta 2 here.  Go-do!