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SCVMM 2008 R2 Release Date

SCVMM 2008 R2 Release Date

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I just wanted to clarify (incorrect) rumors/speculation about the release date for SCVMM 2008 R2. There is a lot of built up excitement for this release and we've added many features, none more anticipated than live migration. While it is true that our competition has had this feature for some time (and has made customers pay dearly for the privilege if using it), adding it to Hyper-V opens up a brand new set of exciting and cost effective management/optimization scenarios for Windows Server nation!

We've always maintained that we will ship SCVMM 2008 R2 as soon as possible after Windows Server 2008 R2 is released and this remains the case. As you can read from the Windows Server Blog we're coming down the home stretch. Once the Windows Server release is locked, (which is now only a couple of weeks away) our test team will run through a full test pass with SCVMM 2008 R2 to ensure that we've caught any late breaking issues. We have obviously worked very closely with the Hyper-V team and already have plenty of customers in full production on Windows Server 2008 R2 + SCVMM 2008 R2 so we don't expect this to happen but as Reagan once said "trust but verify".

I don't have an exact date to communicate at this point but late summer/early fall is our target.....as always, stay tuned for more details.

 Rakesh

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  • So, to make sure I'm getting this right, MS is not going to have SCVMM ready until after the Live Migration feature is 'ready'?  If the management tools are not ready, then no one can intelligently surmise the the feature is in fact READY.

    Time will tell if MS can actually  pull of an Enterprise ready virtualization platform.  I've seen these empty promises and FUD before.

  • It'll be relesaed very shortly after - you can download beta software or RC software for free in the interim to ensure that the feature does what it should.

    The final release won't be functionally differnt, we're just making double sure the quality of the product is right - that's our top priority and we feel it's worth an extra few weeks of sanity tests.

  • Besides, Live Migration works without SCVMM.

  • Rakesh,

    Next we start our first Hyper-V R2 deployment. What does Microsoft suggest in regard to management.

    1. Install SCVMM R2 RC0 and do an inplace upgrade later if that is supported.

    2. use Hyper-V Manager i.c.w. Failover Cluster Manager and install SCVMM R2 RTM when is becomes available?

    3. Something I didn't think of?

    Can you also give some more insight on the availability of SCVMM R2 RTM, is it a matter of days or weeks now?

  • Hi

    Is there Microsoft part numbers yet for SCVMM R2 and for the Client ML.

    Thanks

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