Beta 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 is now available

Beta 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 is now available

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A beta of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 is available today for download. Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 will support the hardware virtualization capabilities developed by AMD and Intel. By supporting both AMD Virtualization and Intel Virtualization Technology, customers will be provided better interoperability, strengthened isolation to prevent corruption of one virtual machine from affecting others on the same system, and improved performance for non-Windows guest operating systems. The beta of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 is available at www.microsoft.com/virtualserver.

Microsoft will have two betas of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. Beta 2 is scheduled for calendar Q4, with general availability in Q1 2007.

Beta 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 includes:

  • Intel Virtualization Technology compatibility
  • Host Clustering technical white paper and the VB script

Beta 2 is planned to include the features of Beta 1 plus:

  • AMD Virtualization Technology compatibility
  • Active Directory integration and management features
  • Volume Shadow Service

The Beta 1 download is available via Microsoft Connect.  Select the Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta program from the list of available programs that appear here.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • Hi,

    Can you confirm that hardware VT suport will not have any performance improvement for running Windows OS guest VM's?

    This is important in a positive way as we can keep purchasing hardware with less concern if this is true.  Otherwise, we want to minimize hardware purchases until Intel hardware VT support is in the platforms we buy.
  • Hi Robert,

    This is true - however it will help with installation times of Windows operating systems.

    Cheers,
    Ben
  • Hi Ben - awesome news! Just wondering if you're planning on putting the hardware virtualization stuff into Virtual PC as well?

    Cheers

    John
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