Microsoft Moves Closer To Hyper-V Rollout

Microsoft Tuesday unveiled the second release candidate for its long awaited Hyper-V hypervisor, which adds minor tweaks like guest operating system support for Windows 2000 Server and mouse integration tools for Novell SUSE 10 Linux.

Hyper-V Release Candidate 1 is now available from the Microsoft Download Center, but only new Windows Server 2008 customers can avail themselves of this option immediately. Customers who've been testing Hyper-V RC0 and beta versions will be able to obtain RC1 from Windows Update starting on May 27, a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email to ChanneWeb.

Hyper-V, which only works on 64-bit platforms, isn't yet compatible with the current beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, the next generation virtualization management tool Microsoft rolled out last month. Microsoft is advising this set of beta testers to stay with RC0 until its adds RC1 support "at a later date," according to a Tuesday post on the Windows Virtualization Team blog.

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