Microsoft releases Hyper-V hypervisor RC for Windows Server

Microsoft said Wednesday that the first release candidate of its Hyper-V hypervisor will be available for download. This release will be the near-final code of the virtualization utility that Microsoft is building into Windows Server 2008. The final version will be available in August, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft released the beta of Hyper-V late last year, and it was also included with Windows Server 2008 when that software was launched last month. The company has had to strip out some of the virtualization features it had originally planned in order to get a product to market this year and take on market leader VMWare. People can download the release candidate starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT at Microsoft's Hyper-V page.

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its only gonna hurt them ripping out features in order to get it to market. No sign of a VMotion like feature or the ability to over commit memory, still think this will find it's place in the market with it coming bundled with Server 2008 out of the box as a Server Role but they need to up the feature set to give VMware a run for there money.

apparently it is Citrix working heavily along side MS in order to increase Hyper-V's Linux compatibility and a guest OS.... maybe an acquisition waiting to happen in the near future?

Finally its ready... for those who don't know and think this is just virtual server / virtual pc again, its really not... some new features

* SMP usage on the host
* SMP usage in the client, you can configure each VM independently with multiple processers, up to 8 per VM
* 256 Hard disks per VM
* Multiple SCSI controllers per VM
* Shared Storage (for clustering)
* Full Linux support
* Newer drivers for sound, network stack, mouse, etc
* Brand new managment system that looks much better then virtual pc's
* Supports 64-bit clients (you can finally run 64-bit vm's, and they are not emulated either, and not experimental)
* Full usage of the Intel / AMD Virtualization instructions
* COM port usage enhanced
* LPT port usage enhanced
* Shared network storage usage (share a local folder on the host in the VM) made faster
* Better network card management

and many many more features...

I like how we have two articles about basically the same thing on the front page, but one is excellent and one is completely biased and meant to degrade. Can you figure out which is which?

The main trouble of hyper-v is the compatibility. i think that hyper-v is cool but without hardware and software support it's improbable to success.
For good or bad, this new technology can push to vmware to upgrade their system.