Hyper-V RC Today!


Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing the Hyper-V Release Candidate, today (3/19/08).  From the press release:

A beta of Hyper-V was included with Windows Server 2008 when it launched last month, and this release candidate provides updated, near-final code.

Customers and partners can download the release candidate at http://www.microsoft.com/Hyper-V by 10 a.m. PDT today.

Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business News Bytes blog has some good information in its announcement.

Hyper-V RC is a feature-complete version and has three main enhancements from the beta release:

  • An expanded list of tested and qualified guest operating systems including: Windows Server 2003 SP2, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows XP SP3.
  • Host server and language support has been expanded to include the 64-bit (x64) versions of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter – with English, partial German, and partial Japanese language options now available and the ability to enable the English version of Hyper-V on other locales.
  • Improved performance & stability for scalability and throughput workloads.

I’ll probably be working late tonight to get this update in.  I’m looking forward to seeing what management features may have been added for the final version.

Hopefully we’ll hear more on the next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager which will have support for Hyper-V soon.

Update: It’s out.  You can download the 26.6 meg Hyper-V RC0 from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DDD94DDA-9D31-4E6D-88A0-1939DE3E9898&displaylang=en.


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