Sorry for the prolonged period of silence on my blog, everyone.  I can assure you that all is still well in the world of Virtualization.  I'm working on a series of posts that will focus on the Virtualization technologies in Longhorn Server, but we're not ready to talk about it quite yet.  When we are, though - I promise you that I will be back, and talking your ear off :)

Anyway, on to the topic of this post. 
One of the really interesting things about talking with customers is the wide range of responses you get to the same questions.  In this case, I've talked to quite a few people about whether or not they liked the web-based management tool for Virtual Server.  It's something that a lot of people feel passionate about, but the wierd thing is that it's pretty much half-and-half.

Half of the people prefer a web-based management story to a Windows-based application, and the other half prefer the exact opposite. 
Of course, there's no pleasing all of the people all of the time, but it just so happens that there's a way to ease some of the pain.

An application called VMRCPlus has just been released (consider it a PowerToy, which means that there is no support for it) that lets you manage a Virtual Server and it's VMs from the comfort of a Windows application.  We've been using VMRCPlus for a while internally, but it's really been cleaned up quite a bit for the public release. 

If you're one of the people who prefers Windows-based management applications, check out this blog post for more information.

And I promise - I'll be back soon.