System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 Available Now!

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On behalf of the SCVMM product team and I am proud to announce the availability of SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 RTM. 

Support for new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

  • Dynamic Memory: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V supports Dynamic Memory enabling customers to better utilize the memory resources of a Hyper-V host. VMM 2008 R2 SP1 allows administrators to create and deploy Virtual Machines onto Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V hosts and will report on the memory currently in use for these VMs where Dynamic Memory is enabled. Using Dynamic Memory for supported VMs allows for more efficient utilization of memory, with consistent performance, and higher consolidation ratios.

  • Microsoft RemoteFX: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 introduces a new set of end user experience enhancements with Microsoft RemoteFX. VMM 2008 R2 SP1 allows administrators to create and deploy Virtual Machines with RemoteFX enabled to qualified Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V hosts. This enables a rich, local-like desktop environment over the network.


Greg Cusanza- Program Manager,  SCVMM

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 Available Now!

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  • Is there a download link for just the SP1 package? I've already got VMM installed, I just want to update it. I don't need the evaluation.

  • I agree, already have it don't need the full 3.5G.  Any chance we can get only the SP1

  • I can see it available for download on my personal Technet site.  However, I can't seem to find it on my company's Volume Licensing site.  Ahhhh, the wait is killing me!

  • @Nathan, the full version 3.5G or a little one with just SP1.  I only see the full version everywhere.

  • Sorry, I meant the full release with SP1 included, not the standalone service pack.

  • My understanding is that we are only releasing the full package.  I know it's kind of a big download but on the plus side you can do a direct upgrade using that.

  • Will this be posted to the Volume Licensing site?

    @J.C. - to be clear, your understating is that only the FULL Application including SP1 will be available and not just the SP1 by itself?

  • @  J.C. Hornbeck

    I upgraded and so I have a Eval-Version running for the next 364 days ;-(

    -> Maybe not a very good advice...

    I'd appreciate your help on this.

  • Will a SCVMM install be upgraded via windows update? If so it's not a big deal.  But if not then how do we upgrade? Install on top of our existing installation?



  • This doesn't appear to be on Volume Licensing, is it on the way?



  • Hi All,

    Thanks for your interest in SP1.  Let me answer some of these questions.

    1.  Are we going to make a smaller SP1 update only package available?

    No, but as J.C. Hornbeck said, you can do a direct in-place upgrade using the full package so the only difference is the initial download size.  As a best practice we always strongly recommend you back up your database before upgrading.  Then, to do an in-place upgrade download the correct edition to match what you're currently using and run the setup program.  It will walk you through the steps.  We have the process documented on technet (

    2. Will this be available through Microsoft Update?

    No and the reason is that we have to have an installer that can ask for DB credentials in order to update the VMM DB to contain the new settings for Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.  Releasing on the Microsoft download center, MSDN, Volume Licensing site, etc. is the best way to get out this type of update.

    3.  Is volume licensing on the way?

    Yes, I'm looking into the reason for the delay and will post back when I have more information.


    Greg Cusanza

    Program Manager


  • Is there a difference between the 'Evaluation' version and what will be posted on the Volume Licensing site?

    @Microsoft - C'mon - the Volume Licensing should have been provided first.  We are already running it and need to upgrade.  The 'Eval' is used for fishing customers - which we already are.

    @Greg - Any update on the Volume Licensing release?  I'm not comfortable with the Eval going on my Production servers.

  • Will you also release SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 Workgroup Edition soon?

  • If the upgrade process is the same as with the RC, you can do an in-place upgrade but it essentially does a full re-install, leaving the database intact.  IIRC you'll also have to update each host that is running SCVMM components, including agents, library servers, SSP, etc.

  • Ok thanks for the info Greg will do that.