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After much travels and demos, I'm glad to see Jeff Woolsey start blogging on virtualization. If you've been to WinHEC or TechEd the past couple years, Jeff has been the guy on stage to demo Windows Server virtualization and SCVMM. Jeff works for Mike Neil, who's blogged here several times and I suspect will have the occassional post at the Windows Virtualization team blog. Jeff is admired internally for being a straight-shooter and well versed in MS and others' virtualization technologies. He's been running a well-subscribed email alias for the internal "virtualization nation" for some time now. I subscribed to the RSS feed today, and I think you'll find his posts worth reading. Patrick
In case you didn't see the news out of Denver today: [Kevin] Turner announced that Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 will launch together at an event in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2008, kicking off hundreds of launch events around the world. This weekend I watched Boeing launch the new 787 Dreamliner on TV. The event was a little stiff compared to Microsoft standards (afterall, most of the 15,000 were wearing collars, ties and snappy dresses), but the launch had a global feel and influence, and my favorite TV news guy, Tom Brokaw, emceed. And the event concluded with the dramatic unveiling of the plane, which won't make its debut flight until August or September. Unlike the 787 Dreamliner, we'll actually debut Windows Server 2008 before the February 2008 launch in LA. That's the plan. As the CNET article correctly concluded, Windows Server 2008 is still scheduled to be released by the end of 2007. Pay no mind to Joe or other conspiracy theorists who apparently are blogging from a book depository and grassy knoll in Denver. Since February 2008 has an extra day (it's leap year), I wonder if we considered the launch event on Feb. 29 ... that would've been something. Patrick
There's been passing mentions of Windows Home Server on this blog. So I wanted to pass along that yesterday Windows Home Server was released to manufacturing ... ahead of schedule. You can watch the final sign-off meeting here. OEM products will hit the store shelves this fall. It's been more than 4 years since Windows Server 2003 was released, and since then it has been the basis for new storage and small business servers, Microsoft's entry into high-performance computing, branch office and 64-bit computing ... and now the home. Go check Home Server. Patrick
As Andrew pointed out, TechNet magazine just released an updated Windows Server 2008 component poster for download (pdf). Part of the poster is the new hypervisor layer codename Viridian. Here's a screen scrape of that component.