Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Released!


Hey there,

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 has been released to the web and provides some really nice enhancements and of course it's a free download.  The new features include:

  • Hardware assisted virtualization - We support both Intel VT and AMD-V scenarios.
  • Support for greater than 64 virtual machines on x64 hosts. Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 now supports up to 256GB of physical memory and can run up to 512 virtual machines
  • VHD Mount Command Line tool - This is great utility which allows you to mount a VHD file as a virtual disk on your host operations system.
  • Interoperability with volume shadow copy service
  • Support for additional guest and host operating systems
  • Service publication using Active Directory Service Connection Points
  • Host Clustering (AKA Quick Migration) white paper
  • Virtual SCSI fix for Linux guests
  • Larger default size for dynamically expanding virtual disks.  127GB is now the default.  Up from 16GB.
  • VMRC ActiveX control and Internet Explorer security zones
  • New VMRC client option to enable video stretch in full screen mode
  • IVMGuestOS::Get_OSName property now returns more operating system information

Also when you register you get a bunch of resources which I've provided here as well.

Product Links

Virtual Server 2005 R2 Product Overview

Virtual Server 2005 R2 Technical Resources

Virtual Server 2005 Frequently Asked Questions

TechNet Magazine Articles

Do More With Less: Exploring Virtual Server 2005


Virtual Server 2005 Reviewer's Guide

Virtual Server 2005 Technical Reference

Webcasts and Videos

Vision for Virtualization

Virtual Server 2005 R2 Overview

Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Technical Overview

Case Studies

See how companies use Virtual Server 2005 to develop solutions that are tailored to meet their business needs.


Join Microsoft's Virtualization Pro Community

Cheers, Jeffa

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