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Changes between SCVMM 2008 Beta and the Final Release

Changes between SCVMM 2008 Beta and the Final Release

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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


·         PRO

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


·         Self-Service

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?

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