Hyper-V Program Manager
Starting today you can download the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 beta release. For Hyper-V this specifically means that you can start evaluating the following new Hyper-V features:
You can register to download the beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/sp1.aspx
Note that while registration is required, there is no approval process and you will get immediate access to the bits.
Great news... had access to the bits for a while. Dynamic memory works well, and great to see from the Implementing and Configuring Dynamic Memory whitepaper that Standard editions of Windows Server will be supported at a later time, but not in Beta. I hit this particular issue, and was quite worried this might be a blocker, but good to see you have it in hand :o) (In place upgrade of Windows Server 2003 Standard to Enterprise is not that nice ;o) ) Matt McSpirit has a good blog linking to various bits here, including the aforementioned whitepaper: blogs.technet.com/.../sp1-beta-now-available-for-windows-7-amp-server-2008-r2.aspx
Great work on Dynamic memory, looks like being a really useful feature.
Would like to test RemoteFX but pretty high requirements for that at the mo. I hope that supported add-on Grahpics Cards, suitable for Servers is something that is in the pipe line for this feature.
Also availabe today are instructions for enabling & trying out Dynamic Memory, in the Hyper-V Dynamic Memory Evaluation Guide -- technet.microsoft.com/.../ff817651(WS.10).aspx
Links to that guide and other technical docs at the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 tech library page: technet.microsoft.com/.../ff817647(WS.10).aspx
Can we also try this beta release on Hyper-V R2 server? I understand that Hyper-V R2 server is basicly a core Windows 2008 R2 server that only runs the Hyper-V role, but I'd rather be sure before I try this out on my Hyper-V R2 server at home and break something. I'm very interested in trying out the Dynamic Memory feature!
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