Hi All,

IT professionals face increasing pressure from rapidly changing technology, increasing costs and security concerns, and expanding business needs. Windows Server 2008 helps alleviate these pressures by automating daily management tasks, tightening security, improving efficiency and increasing availability. It also offers virtualization solutions that will enable IT professionals to reduce costs, increase hardware utilization, optimize their infrastructure, and improve server availability.

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, allows you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical machine. With Hyper-V, you can also efficiently run multiple different operating systems—Windows, Linux, and others—in parallel, on a single server, and fully leverage the power of x64 computing.

Below are the resources you will need to get started with your virtualization projects today.

  • Windows Server 2008 Evaluation and Hyper-V Release Candidate 1
    Download the Windows Server 2008 Evaluation and get the latest information on the Hyper-V Release Candidate 1 as well as the download.
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) is an integrated suite of automated assessment tools and guidance to help you evaluate all virtualization options, from desktops to servers. It provides an agent-less inventory of clients, servers, applications, devices, and roles. MAP provides multi-technology coverage for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Office 2007, as well as Microsoft Virtualization technologies, including Virtual Server 2005 R2, Hyper-V (pending release of RTM bits) and Microsoft Application Virtualization (formerly SoftGrid).
    MAP is a member of the Virtualization Solution Accelerators Suite. For more info, please visit the web site.
  • InfoWorld Podcast: Jumpstart Your Virtualization IT Projects with Microsoft Virtualization Solution Accelerators
    Tune into this InfoWorld podcast sponsored by Microsoft to learn about the Microsoft Virtualization Solution Accelerators and how you can use them to assess, plan and implement virtualization projects in your company.

Nick