Yesterday at the Microsoft Management Summit 2008, Microsoft announced the public release of Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM) beta now available at http://connect.microsoft.com.  This latest version of the product incorporates all the functionality of its predecessor and brings exiting new capabilities to the management of virtual machines.  One of the biggest feature updates includes the ability to manage both Hyper-V and VMware virtual infrastructure.  Additional functionality new to this version of VMM includes Performance and Resource Optimization (Pro), which dynamically tunes virtual infrastructure, simplified virtual host cluster support, and other improvements and enhancements.

Designed for virtual machines running on Windows Server® 2008 and Microsoft Hyper-V™ Server
Hyper-V is the next-generation hypervisor-based virtualization platform from Microsoft which is designed to offer high performance, enhanced security, high availability, scalability and many other improvements. VMM is designed to take full advantage of these foundational benefits through a powerful yet easy-to-use console which streamlines many of the tasks necessary to manage virtualized infrastructure. Even better, administrators can manage their traditional physical servers right alongside their virtual resources through one unified console.

Support for Microsoft Virtual Server and VMware ESX
With this release, VMM now manages VMware ESX virtualized infrastructure in conjunction with the Virtual Center product. Now administrators running multiple virtualization platforms can rely on one tool to manage virtually everything. With its compatibility with VMware VI3 (through Virtual Center), VMM now supports features such as VMotion and can also provide VMM-specific features like Intelligent Placement to VMware servers.

I’ve included links below from the System Center Virtual Machine Manager website that you may find helpful in evaluating VMM.

Nick.