Hyper-V Beta now available for download!

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Go and get it while it's hot:


This is Windows Server 2008 RC1 with the Hyper-V Beta components. 

Lots of changes since the preview, huge improvements in performance, stability and compatibility as well as:

  1. Support for installing Hyper-V on Windows Server core.
  2. Support for clustering of Hyper-V.
  3. Support for VSS backup of Hyper-V.
  4. Integration Services are now part of Windows Server 2008 (which means that if you use the CD image of this beta to install Windows Server 2008 inside a virtual machine - Integration Services will automatically be there with no need for you to perform extra steps).

I will post detailed installation instructions soon - but two pointers to get you started:

  1. There are no .MSUs anymore.  Just install Windows, select to install a new server role, and select 'Hyper-V'.
  2. You need to install using 'English (United States)'.  If you install with any other language (or flavor of English) Hyper-V will not work.  However - you can change the local / keyboard preferences for your user after installation without any problems.


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  • Been using the beta for a while too.  We have also been running VMware in production for the past year.  No comparison unfortunately.  We are sticking with VMware until Microsoft shows us value.

  • Hey Ben, the file name seems to imply that this is AMD 64 only. Is that the case?

  • Do you know where i can find info on setting up the new quick migration and HA features?

  • Actually changing system locale from Swedish to EN-US still didn't get Hyper-V to start, so I ended upp reinstalling the server. Then it worked.

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Hyper-V Beta now available for download!