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Bob Muglia and the Future Direction of Microsoft's Hyper-V R2

Steven Bink from had the chance to speak with Bob Muglia during the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 launch event in Los Angeles. With a quick 10 minute discussion, Steven was able to find out a few interesting tidbits.

  • Hyper-V release date - Muglia stuck to the "after 180 days of the release of Windows Server 2008" story.  Come on, people are getting antsy out here!
  • You probably won't walk in the store and buy the $28 version of Hyper-V - it's going to be popular in the OEM channels.
  • Sounds like the NEXT version of Hyper-V will have a hardware embedded option like VMware's ESX Server 3i.
  • Looks like Microsoft is working on a shared memory feature like the one found in VMware.  And they want to get it in the follow on release.
  • Also in the follow on release, the features that were dropped from this coming release of Hyper-V - Hot add memory, disk and NICs and Live Migration.
  • Hyper-V R2 will also add support for CPU virtualization optimizations - Oddly enough, I can't imagine why that isn't in the coming version?!?!
  • SCVMMv2 to manage Hyper-V should have a Beta out this Spring with a final version ready at RTM time of Hyper-V.
  • SCVMMv2 will also manage VMware ESX Server virtual machines because of customer demands.

What a great use of 10 minutes of time on Steve Bink's part.  Excellent job!

But Steve didn't stop there.  He also found out about:

  • .NET Framework for Windows Server 2008 Core installations
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • IIS7 and PHP
  • ForeFront Client Security
  • ISA 64bit

Check out the full posting on to find out more details on everything here.  Steve, thanks for a great interview with Bob Muglia.

Published Sunday, March 16, 2008 6:53 AM by David Marshall
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