Aside from overall performance, stability and reliability (things you might expect to improve from any beta), I thought I'd give folks a heads up on some of the things that we've added/changed for the final release next month which weren't in the beta. While the beta was advertised as "feature complete", we did take a bunch of the feedback that you sent our way and hopefully the end result is an even better final product.
Here's a list outlining some of the key improvements:
· Support for managing hosts in a Disjoint Namespace
o Support for enabling PRO on non-clustered hosts
o Automated loading of OpsMgr MPs via Configure Operations Manager option in Setup
o View Script Option – now you can preview the script that PRO will run to implement the PRO Tip
· Admin Console
o Network Diagram View graphically shows how your hosts and VMs are connected to networks in your environment (some screen shots to follow)
o New, more polished UI
o Allow users to mount ISOs
o Completely overhauled UI
· VMware management
o Support for VMware HA along with HA VM creation on VMware clusters
o Enhanced security for VMware management
o Management of ESX 3i
· Global Static MAC Address range – configure the range of MAC addresses VMM uses when creating new virtual network devices
· P2V improvements
o Support for offline conversion using static IP
o Storage and network driver detection for offline conversion
o P2V of domain controller
· VM Creation
o Creation of VMs without customization required (templates now have the option of “skipping” customization) so you can use non-Windows templates
o Product Key encryption by default in Guest OS profile
o VHD expansion
· Setup and Installation
o SQL 2008 Support
o VMM 2007 to VMM 2008 Migration
o Ability to install as a domain user in addition to local system
Not surprisingly I get a lot of questions about future versions of products. Typically I get things like
Om Hyper-V servers te managen kan VMM 2008 gebruikt worden, dit is echter nog steeds in beta fase. Voor
Will credssp authentication from a Windows XP SP3 client work now with the self service portal?
What about support of Virtual Server on Windows 2008?
This is a supported configuration of Virtual Server, and we would like to run our non-Hyper-V capable servers as Windows 2008 Core with Virtual Server 2008.
We are currently testing this on 1 server but were unable to manage it with the SCVMM 2008 beta. SCVMM not supporting a supported configuration of Virtual Server seems odd given the support for third parties. Shouldn't MS support MS fully first?