Evaluate the latest virtualization technologies for your organization. Download the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta package today to get the SP1 Beta releases for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. 

SP1 Beta Overview

The Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Betas are concurrent releases that we’ve packaged together in a single download for a more streamlined and cost effective deployment.  Businesses can begin realizing the advancements of the Windows Server platform for virtualization through two key features:  Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

Dynamic Memory Overview

“We found that we could increase the number of virtual machines per Hyper-V server by 25 to 50 percent with Dynamic Memory. For some Hyper-V servers, we even went from 4 to 7 virtual machines—a 75 percent increase!”
-  David Feng, IT Director, Sporton International


Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V introduces a new feature, called Dynamic Memory, in the Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta releases.  It allows customers to achieve increased density when they’re consolidating physical servers into a virtual realm, providing them with predictable performance and linear scalability.  With Dynamic Memory, IT administrators are able to pool available memory on a physical host and then dynamically dole that memory out to virtual machines running on the host, based on current workload needs.
For a technical overview of the new Dynamic Memory feature, download the
Dynamic Memory Technical Overview whitepaper.     

RemoteFX Overview

“We save 70 to 80 hours each month by delivering classes remotely using RemoteFX in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. At our billing rate of $250 an hour, that’s more than $200,000 a year.” 
- Rand Morimoto, President, Convergent Computing


RemoteFX, a key feature of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) lets IT administrators deliver a rich graphics experience to end-users through virtualized desktops.  Using new protocol enhancements between Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, end users can now access virtual machines on a wide variety of target devices and still get a rich graphics experience with server-side graphics processing. 
Learn more about RemoteFX and download the
Remote Desktop Services Datasheet. 

FAQs

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 FAQ - Questions about Windows Server 2008 R2? Read the FAQ.

  • Hyper-V FAQ - Our Hyper-V FAQ, now updated for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta releases.

  • RDS FAQ - Our Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services FAQ, now updated for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta releases.