While SCVMM 2008 R2 is still in Beta the team is quietly working on improvements for the Release Candidate. There are some great new features coming up:
- Storage Migration where you will be able to migrate the storage of a VM within the same host or towards a new host. There will be some downtime but typical it will be less than 2 mins. Further will you be able to do storage Vmotion on VMWare hosts.
- Live Migration queuing allows you to do multiple live migration from one server. VMM will detect that the live migration fails and will try the live migration again for a period of time
- Rapid Provisioning is a feature that allow you to create a new VM based on a template without the need to copy over the vhd file with the bits transfer. Now you will be able to point to a dummy disk and change the path of the vhd file by using the PowerShell cmdlets to deploy the new VM.
- Host compat check, before migrating the VM to another box we will check the compatibility of the Hardware if it’s not compatible we don’t move.
We also added some other features for that I encourage you to read the full post: