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SC Virtual Machine Manager R2 BETA released

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Here you go.. Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 BETA is out now.

VMM 2008 R2 Beta is a comprehensive management solution for virtualized infrastructure that takes advantage of many of the great new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta.

Key new features in R2

· Live Migration support

  • Windows 2008 R2 supports Live migration, and now so does SCVMM 2008 R2.

· Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) support

  • Ability to place multiple VMs on a single LUN is a key customer request that is enabled by CSV.

· SAN enhancements: 

  • SAN migration in and out of clusters
  • Multiple LUNs per single iSCSI target which provides support for iSCSI products from Network Appliance and EMC.

· Networking enhancements: 

  • Support for VMQ & Chimney
  • Support for MAC spoofing
  • Support for reusable port groups in VMWare VirtualCenter.

· Maintenance mode support

  • Maintenance mode is supported across all platforms: Hyper-V, VS and VMWare ESX hosts
  • Putting a host in maintenance mode, triggers evacuation of all VMs on the host via live migration on Windows 2008 R2 and VMWare.
  • PRO migrations to the host are disabled.

· Disjoint domains support

· BITS compact server support

Download either the Full Software install or the pre-configured VHD from https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=799

To get assistance with the beta please participate in the public forums for SCVMM. These forums are linked here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/virtualmachinemanager

To provide feedback on the beta, use the “Feedback” link on the Connect site to log your feedback.