The first public beta of Windows Server 2008 Hypervisor technology has shipped months before it was scheduled. The Hyper-V virtualization beta was originally scheduled to ship when Windows Server 2008 was completed. Hypervisor technology is a base technology layer that acts as the virtualization foundation for guest operating systems.

You can get a copy of the Windows 2008 enterprise release candidate with the Hyper-V.

Hyper-V still plans to ship within 180 days following completion of Windows Server 2008. The final release of Hyper-V will support three of the eight versions of Windows Server 2008:

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard will give customers one virtual instance per license.
  • Enterprise version will provide four virtual instances per license.
  • Datacenter version will allow unlimited virtual instances per license.