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Microsoft Releases SP1 for Virtual Server 2005 R2

Microsoft shipped the service pack 1 release for its Virtual Server 2005 R2 product which adds support for hardware-assisted virtualization and improved backup services and compatibility, and adds support for Novell SLES 10 and Solaris 10 as a guest operating system.

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 includes the following new capabilities:

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Enterprise Edition can be installed on servers with up to 32 physical processors.

Virtual Server host clustering. Support for host-to-host connectivity lets you cluster all virtual machines running on a host.

iSCSI support. iSCSI clustering enables guest-to-guest connectivity across physical machines.

x64 support. Virtual Server runs natively within a 64-bit Windows host operating system, providing increased performance and memory headroom.

Enhanced PXE booting. PXE boot support has been added to the virtual machine network adapter. This means that when the appropriate network infrastructure is in place, you can perform a network installation of a guest operating system in the same way as physical servers.

Other improvements. Virtual Server now includes improved hyperthreading, support for F6 Disk (SCSI driver), Active Directory integration using service connection points, and virtual disk pre-compactor functionality.

Performance improvements.

You can download it, here.

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:54 AM by David Marshall
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