Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RTM Released [Release Alert]

Today, Microsoft released its Free Virtual Server Hypervisor Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 1.0 (not sure what’s up with the 1.0) and made it available for download on the Microsoft Download Center.  The was released back in May, so it is good to see Microsoft keeping its nose down, kicking out code non-stop from Redmond (no summer for you!!!)

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a big deal for Microsoft.  Among other new features, Microsoft finally delivered Live Migration (also known as VMotion by VMWare) with the R2 release, giving them the ability FINALLY to compete with VMWare and other modern Virtual Server products.

Hyper-V Server 2008 Version 1 Vs. R2With Live Migration, Microsoft can at last perform moves/Live Migrations of RUNNING virtual servers to other Physical Hyper-V Hosts.  Up until now, that’s been the one feature missing, preventing it from being a true Enterprise Product.  Without Live Migration capabilities, it just wasn’t an enterprise product.

Here’s a look at a few other key features released with R2 of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2:

  • Live Migration
  • Boot From Flash
  • New Processor Support – (From 4 Physical Procs to 8 and 16 Logical Procs to 64)
  • Networking Enhancements
  • Hot Add/Remove Virtual Storage
  • Increased VM Density
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