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Microsoft Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0

This is the second release of the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool. This version completely replaces version 1 and adds important new support for Hyper-V, Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Windows Server® 2008. In addition, version 2 of the tool supports System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, and Windows Server® Update Services 3.0 SP1.

When you install this Solution Accelerator, the installer determines which version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager resides on the target computer, and configures the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 accordingly. Certain features of the tool are only available when it is installed with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.

The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 helps organizations maintain virtual machines that are stored offline in a Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager library. While stored, virtual machines do not receive operating system updates. The tool provides a way to keep offline virtual machines up-to-date so that bringing a virtual machine online does not introduce vulnerabilities into the organization’s IT infrastructure.

The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool combines the Windows Workflow programming model with the Windows PowerShell interface to bring groups of virtual machines online just long enough for them to receive updates from either System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or Windows Server Update Services. As soon as the virtual machines are up-to-date, the tool returns them to the offline state in the Virtual Machine Manager library.

Click here for a free download of the virtual machine servicing tool.

Published Thursday, December 04, 2008 6:28 AM by David Marshall
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