Microsoft Releases the First Beta for Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-04-28 Print this article Print

The product will support AMD Virtualization and Intel Virtualization Technology, giving customers better interoperability and strengthened isolation to prevent the corruption of one virtual machine from affecting others on the same system.

Microsoft has released the first of two betas planned for its Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 product. Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 will support AMD Virtualization and Intel Virtualization Technology, giving customers better interoperability, strengthened isolation to prevent corruption of one virtual machine from affecting others on the same system, as well as improved performance for non-Windows guest operating systems.
Beta 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1, which was released for download and testing on April 28, includes Intel Virtualization Technology compatibility, as well as a host clustering technical white paper and the VB script, Microsoft said in a statement released April 28.
The beta is available for download at Microsofts Web site. To read more about how the leading Linux vendors are baking virtualization into their operating systems, click here. The second beta is scheduled for the last quarter of 2006, and is expected to include AMD Virtualization Technology compatibility, the Volume Shadow Service as well as Active Directory integration and management features. General availability of the final product is slated for the first quarter of 2007. More than 5,000 customers are using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 for server consolidation, disaster recovery, re-hosting of legacy applications, and software test and development. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a technical product support model for Linux guest operating systems running on Virtual Server 2005 R2, that Virtual Server 2005 R2 was available as a free download, and that virtual machine add-ins were available for Linux. Click here to read more about Microsofts decision to make its Virtual Server free. Since then, there have been 155,000 free downloads of Virtual Server 2005 R2 and more than 5,000 download registrants for the virtual machine add-ins for Linux guest operating system, the company said. Microsoft also said that when chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates delivers his keynote at the annual WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) in Seattle later this month, he will talk about the future of Windows and the industry opportunities for the Windows platform. Other Microsoft executives, including Will Poole, the senior vice president of its market expansion group, and Bob Muglia, the senior vice president of its server and tools business, will also talk about Windows Vista, Windows Server "Longhorn" and future versions of Microsoft products. The show, largely geared toward Microsofts partner hardware engineering community, is where Redmond talks about what is sees as driving the future engineering and business directions of PC and device hardware. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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