Released: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

by Bharat Suneja

While I was away yesterday, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V made its public debut (RTMed in Microsoftese). I know what you’re thinking: Let the Microsoft PR storm begin, VMWare has a better virtualization product, and other unbloggable thoughts… :).

I’ve been using Hyper-V for a few months now, and all I can say is— it’s been a great experience way before RTM, and I am impressed! Of all things Hyper-V that impress me, I’m blown away by the performance – it flies! This, on a desktop class machine (one that meets the CPU and other requirements, of course, but poorly-configured to be used as a server/Hyper-V box that’s running quite a few virtual machines).

Next, the simplicity and ease-of-use. As InfoWorld’s Randall C. Kennedy puts it:

As with most Server 2008 “roles,” enabling Hyper-V was a simple matter of ticking a check box in Server Manager and picking a NIC for use by the virtual network manager.

Read more of Randall’s review in Test Center review: Microsoft’s Hyper-V does the trick.

Scott has a post with plenty of links to Hyper-V resources and blog posts— Hyper-V has RTM’d and is Available!

As Scott mentions in the post, Microsoft will have a support statement about Exchange Server and virtualization 60 days from Hyper-V RTM. This was announced at TechEd IT Pro in Orlando little over 2 weeks ago.

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