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  • Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta Feature Update

    Hello to All,
    This is just an update on MS Virtual Server R2 SP1. I am in the Beta program and it is cool because you get to see the new features that are coming out. I have attached the email for the latest.

    The new snapshot feature is interesting, as is the VHD offline mounting and the AD integration.

    I like it how Microsoft calls the next release of Windows, Windows "Visa". Maybe it is some partnership between them and Visa

    -David

    What’s new in R2 SP1 Beta 2

    AMD Virtualization Technology (AVT) compatibility*
    Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 includes support for AMDŽ Virtualization Technology. By default, hardware assisted virtualization is enabled if present. Support for AMDŽ Virtualization Technology can also be specifically enabled or disabled on a per virtual machine basis by toggling the "Enable hardware-assisted virtualization if available" option in the general properties configuration page.

    Volume Shadow Service Support**
    Volume Shadow Service provides customers with improved support for backup and disaster recovery. Instead of scheduling downtime for backing up each virtual machine individually, customers will now be able to take snapshot backups of physical machines that will in turn take snapshots of all the virtual machines on that physical host.

    Offline VHD Mounting**
    Offline VHD mounting now enables customers to view and manipulate the files in a VHD from the host OS. This enables administrators to easily deploy scripts and perform virus scans across VHDs without having to start each virtual machine.

    Active Directory integration and management features
    Virtual Server service now publishes its binding information in Active Directory as a Service Connection Point (SCP) object. System administrators can use this information to easily locate all instances of the Virtual Server service within an Active Directory forest.
    * Installing Virtual Server on a computer that has AMD hardware-assisted virtualization support and uses an x64 version of Windows as the host operating system generates a bug check and shuts down the operating system. This occurs because x64 versions of the Windows operating system protect a critical system register that Virtual Server modifies to enable hardware-assisted virtualization. You can resolve this issue by installing a hotfix prior to installing Virtual Server. A link to this hotfix will be provided on this webpage as soon as it is available. Please watch this site for the latest details.

    ** For detailed information on this feature and how to use it, please consult the Release Notes that are included in the ‘Microsoft Virtual Server’ Start-Menu folder after installation.

    What was new in R2 SP1 Beta 1 (also in Beta 2)

    Hardware-assisted virtualization
    Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 includes support for IntelŽ Virtualization Technology. By default, hardware assisted virtualization is enabled if present. Support for IntelŽ Virtualization Technology can also be specifically enabled or disabled on a per virtual machine basis by toggling the "Enable hardware-assisted virtualization if available" option in the general properties configuration page. Users should refer to their system’s documentation on how to enable IntelŽ Virtualization Technology.

    Virtual Server host clustering step-by-step Guide
    The host clustering whitepaper is now included with Virtual Server. It is installed at: ~:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual Server\Host Clustering.

    Larger default size for dynamically expanding virtual hard disks
    The default size for dynamically expanding virtual hard disks has been changed from 16 GB to 127 GB.

    Virtual SCSI fix for Linux guests
    Some users encountered an issue when trying to install certain Linux distributions inside a virtual machine on the emulated SCSI bus. The issue occurred most often with the Linux 2.6.x kernel. This issue has been fixed in R2 SP1 Beta 1.


    Release Notes
    Complete Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta 2 Release Notes are included in the installer and provide important information and usage instructions for the new features. It is highly recommended that you fully read these Release Notes. After installation, the Release Notes can be located in the ‘Microsoft Virtual Server’ Start-Menu folder.

    Microsoft Windows Visa
    Windows Vista will be supported as a guest OS when Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 becomes generally available.

    Virtual Machine Additions for a Vista Beta 2 Guest OS are available for download. If you are not running Windows Vista Beta 2 as a guest, you do not need this version of the Virtual Machine Additions. Please click on the 'Downloads' link (on the left pane) and follow the download directions.
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    Re: Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta Feature Update

    Thanks David for the heads up!
    Cheers,

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
    MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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    • #3
      Re: Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta Feature Update

      Volume Shadow Service Support**
      Volume Shadow Service provides customers with improved support for backup and disaster recovery. Instead of scheduling downtime for backing up each virtual machine individually, customers will now be able to take snapshot backups of physical machines that will in turn take snapshots of all the virtual machines on that physical host.

      Offline VHD Mounting**
      Offline VHD mounting now enables customers to view and manipulate the files in a VHD from the host OS. This enables administrators to easily deploy scripts and perform virus scans across VHDs without having to start each virtual machine.
      Both these sound very interesting. Looking forward to that. Any news on a release date?
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