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!
There are also a couple of useful resources that you may want to take a look at:
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate FAQ
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Documentation
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:
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".