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Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Available

Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Available

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Hot off the press, the Release Candidate for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 has been released!

You can grab the Release Candidate from here, however there are a couple of things you should know about before you steam right ahead!

  • In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed.
  • If you have previously installed the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta on your machine, you must uninstall the beta before installing the Release Candidate
  • Go to Windows Update in the Control Panel, uninstall the beta, select Check for Updates, then install the release candidate. You do not need to run the WUSignupTool a second time to be offered the release candidate. You do not need to install any updates before installing the release candidate

There are also a couple of useful resources that you may want to take a look at:

If you’re managing your Hyper-V hosts with SCVMM 2008 R2, you may want to hold off on the SP1 build for your hosts initially (or play with it on an alternative server) as the current release of SCVMM won’t support SP1 of Hyper-V just yet, but I’m sure there will be an accompanying build in the near future.

If all of this is new to you, and you’re not even sure what’s coming with SP1, then this should help you get up to speed:

  • Remote FX: With Microsoft RemoteFX, users will be able to work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, watch full-motion video, enjoy Silverlight animations, and run 3D applications within a Hyper-V VM – all with the fidelity of a local-like performance.
  • Hyper-V Dynamic Memory: With Hyper-V Dynamic Memory, Hyper-V will enable greater virtual machine density suitable for servers and VDI deployments.

No more advice from me – again, the download is here!

  • I am doing some testing with Quest vWorkspace 7.2, SCVMM R2 SP1 and Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and I have seeing a good increase in virtual machine density per Hyper-v host. I will publish some numbers when I have finished my testing but I would say I am seeing an increase of about 50%. I also like the new fields in SCVMM that show assigned memory and memory demand.

  • And where did you get SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 from?  I can't believe a Fulham fan would get it before me! ;-)

  • It's all about who you know :-)

  • Oh well, I'm not jealous, or competitive - just keep us posted on the end results!

  • I am working on the supporting documentation but on the hardware I was testing with I saw an increase from 64 VMs (Windows 7 on Hyper-V R2) to 133 VMs (Windows 7 on Hyper-V R2 SP1), we also ran performance testing against this so this wasn't a case of "let's see how many VMs we can fire up".

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