Microsoft is definitely making progress on its Virtualization line-up. Yesterday they released the Release Candidate 1 (RC1) bits for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to supersede the Release Candidate 0 (RC0) bits, many of us might already be running.
Now is the right time to start testing Hyper-V if you haven't already begun doing so. This release Microsoft states is feature complete. You might also recall Microsoft stating upgrading from RC builds of Hyper-V RC to RTM would be seamless. I guess August 2nd is also still in the picture.
Just like with the release of the RC0 bits, Microsofts announcement follows on a VMWare announcement. VMWare announced stating that they've created a certification program for thin client vendors and expanded their offerings for the virtual desktop market. They also introduced a new joint desktop WAN solution for thin clients in conjunction with Sun Microsystems.
I feel Microsoft really listened to feedback from people working with the Beta and RC0 bits, because RC1 now supports Windows 2000 (with Service Pack 4) as guest operating system. A feature much of our Penguin-loving friends will like is the mouse integration support, which is available for Hyper-V RC1 as a separate download from connect.microsoft.com.
Taylor Brown posted some issues you might encounter when installing RC1. I suggest you read them before upgrading and/or before expecting to much. (most notable: SCVMM2008's incompatibility)
To manage Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V from Windows Vista install the updated Management Console to enable remote management of a Windows Server 2008 computer running the Hyper-V RC1 role:
- Hyper-V RC1 Remote Management update for Windows Vista (x86)
- Hyper-V RC1 Remote Management update for Windows Vista (x64)
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