While there’s a lot of attention right now on Windows Server Virtualization I think it’s very important that we don’t forget that we have solid production ready technology in Virtual Server that’s about to get even better with the new Virtual Server R2 SP1 Release. Here’s a reminder of the new features.

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 includes the following features:

1. Support for hardware-assisted virtualization technology (AMD-V and Intel VT)

2. Support for greater than 64 virtual machines on x64-based hosts

3. VHD Mount command-line tool and APIs

4. Interoperability with Volume Shadow Copy Service

5. Support for additional guest and host operating systems

6. Service publication using Active Directory Service Connection Points

7. Host clustering white paper

8. Virtual SCSI fix for Linux guests

9. Larger default size for dynamically expanding virtual hard disks

10. VMRC ActiveX control and Internet Explorer security zones

11. New VMRC client option to enable video stretch in full screen mode

12. IVMGuestOS::Get_OSName property returns more operating system information

With this list in mind, I wanted to provide a little more information on the second feature, “Support for greater than 64 virtual machines on x64-based hosts.”

 

To download Virtual Server 2005 R2 with Service Pack 1 please go to http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/eval/virtualserver/default.mspx 

The new website looks pretty great also http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/