"As with typical service packs from Microsoft, Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 will be :

  • primarily a rollup of fixes we have seen since the product was released to improve performance and increase scalability.

In addition, with Service Pack 1,

  • Virtual Server 2005 will have host support for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 x64 Edition (note that this does not include IA64),
  • provide PXE support,
  • qualify Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003 SP1as a host and as a guest,
  • and include the Virtual Disk Precompactor, a utility that is designed to "zero out" — that is, overwrite with zeros — any available blank space on a virtual hard disk.

 

A public beta is slated for the end of first quarter 2005, with product release planned for the second half of calendar year 2005."