Hyper-V RTM announcement. Available today from the Microsoft Download Centre


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In the Hyper-V shiproom this morning, we signed off on Hyper-V RTM (Release To Manufacturing). The build and articles are actively working their way through the systems and will be available from Microsoft Download Centre from around noon Pacific time. While waiting, please take a few moments to review the information in this post, plus the appropriate Knowledge Base (KB) articles I’ve linked to. There is a significant amount of information to take on board. It is fantastic for me to be able to publicly state that Hyper-V is released and ready for production deployment.



Resources:



Download links:


KB950050



This is the main KB for Hyper-V RTM. You need to apply the x64 version to upgrade the Hyper-V role in the parent partition to RTM.



I recommend you apply KB950050 to all Windows Server 2008 physical machines to ensure that the Hyper-V beta components (present on the RTM build of Windows Server 2008) are updated, for both x86 architectures and x64 architectures. Make sure you choose the correct download applicable to your machine architecture. This KB also contains the Hyper-V RTM remote management tools for Windows Server 2008.


KB951636



This is a supplementary download for localization of KB950050 in the following languages: Czech (Czech Republic); Hungarian (Hungary); Korean (Korea); Polish (Poland); Portuguese (Brazil); Portuguese (Portugal); Russia (Russia); Swedish (Sweden); Turkish (Turkey); Chinese (People’s Republic of China); Chinese (Taiwan) and Chinese (Hong Kong S.A.R).



KB952627



This download contains the Hyper-V remote management tools for Windows Vista SP1 (Hyper-V Manager and Virtual Machine Connection).



Changes:


The most significant change in Hyper-V RTM is the extended list of supported operating systems running in virtual machines.



  • Windows Server 2008   [x64/x86]

    • Up to 4 virtual processors (1, 2 or 4 way)

    • Standard/Enterprise/Datacentre (including “without Hyper-V” SKUs) 

    • Web Server


  • Windows HPC Server 2008  [x64]

    • Up to 4 virtual  processors (1, 2 or 4 way)


  • Windows Vista  [x64/x86]

    • Up to 2 virtual processors (1 or 2 way)

    • Business, Enterprise and Ultimate

    • Minimum service pack: SP1


  • Windows Server 2003  [x64]  (With or without R2 update)

    • Up to 2 virtual processors (1 or 2 way)

    • Standard, Enterprise, Datacentre Editions

    • Minimum service pack: SP2


  • Windows Server 2003  [x86]  (With or without R2 update)

    • Up to 2 virtual processors (1 or 2 way)

    • Standard, Enterprise, Datacentre, Web Editions.

    • Minimum service pack: SP2


  • Windows XP Professional  [x86]

    • Minimum service pack: SP2

    • SP2: 1 virtual processor

    • SP3: Up to 2 virtual processors (1 or 2 way)


  • Windows XP Professional  [x64]

    • Up to 2 virtual processors (1 or 2 way)

    • Minimum service pack: SP2


  • Windows 2000

    • 1 virtual processor

    • Server, Advanced Server

    • Minimum service pack: SP4


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10  [x64/x86]

    • Service Pack 1 or 2

    • 1 virtual processor


Installation:


To upgrade to RTM, you need to apply KB950050 to the parent partition AND upgrade/install the RTM Integration Services in each virtual machine. For new installations, the general steps are:



  • Install RTM Windows Server 2008

    • x64 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter

    • Select Core or full installation option as required

  • Apply the x64 version of the KB950050 update and reboot

  • Add the Hyper-V role (Server Manager or ocsetup

  • After virtual machine operating system installation has completed, Insert the Integration Services setup disk into each virtual machine (Actions menu on Virtual Machine Connection), run setup.exe inside the virtual machine (or use autoplay if enabled), and reboot the virtual machine.

(Note the order of applying the update and adding the role on the parent partition does not matter)


Upgrading:


If you are upgrading from an existing installation running Beta, RC0 or RC1, the steps are essentially same as above except you don’t need to add the role.  Be aware of certain incompatibilities for virtual machine configurations, virtual networks, snapshots and saved states. The compatibilities depend on which build you were previously running. I’ve been through all these in previous posts in my previous RC announcements, so take a look through them, plus KB949222 for further information.


It is especially important to install the RTM version of the Integration Services inside the virtual machines. While on some levels, previous versions of the Integration Services may be compatible, there are several fixes which must be applied to ensure you are running a supported configuration. Verification of installation depends on the virtual machine operating system:



  • Windows Server 2008: Verify KB950050 or KB951634 is listed as an update

  • Windows Vista: Verify KB950214 is listed as an update

  • Other Windows Operating system: Check the build number of one of the Hyper-V drivers ends 18016. For example, \windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys


A few FAQs:



  • KB950050 can only be applied on top of Windows Server 2008 RTM – not on pre-release versions.

  • You can apply KB950050 to get to RTM from beta, RC0 or RC1. You do not need to go through interim builds

  • If installed correctly, Help/About in Hyper-V Manager will show build 6.0.6001.18016

  • If you installing on an HP Proliant Server with the Proliant Support Pack installed, refer to KB950792 before applying the update.

Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 Remote Management Tools:


If you have been running pre-release versions of the Windows Vista SP1 management tools (KB949758 was RC0, KB949587 was RC1), you must upgrade to the RTM version available in KB952627. The download links are at the top. Once installed, Hyper-V manager will be present under Control Panel\Administrative Tools


If you have been running pre-release versions of the Windows Server 2008 management tools, you must upgrade to the RTM version by applying KB950050. Note that the Hyper-V role does not need to be enabled – the management tools are enabled through Server Manager\Features\Remote Server Administration Tools\Role Administration Tools\Hyper-V Tools. Note that Hyper-V Tools appears out of alphabetical order at the bottom of the list – an FAQ when people are looking for it.


I posted 5 articles on configuring remote management a while back – Part 1 is here. Note that there is configuration required both on the server and the client side.


Similarly, if you are using a Terminal Services gateway for publishing the remote management tools, you should also update them. More information on how to do this is here.


Limits:


This is a summary of the most “FAQ”’’d supported limits for running Hyper-V. Note that not all operating systems running in a virtual machine support all features (for example, SCSI controllers are not available in Windows XP and earlier). The full set of capabilities is available with Windows Server 2008 running as a virtual machine.



  • Parent partition:

    • Up to 1 TB of physical memory (Enterprise and Datacenter Editions)

    • Up to 32GB of physical memory (Standard Edition)

    • Up to 16 logical processors

    • Up to 128 virtual machines running at any one time

    • Up to 512 virtual machines configured


  • Virtual machines:

    • Up to 4 virtual processors (more information in the “Changes” section)

    • Up to 64GB of RAM (requires Enterprise or Datacenter running on the parent partition and sufficient available resources)

    • Up to 4 SCSI controllers per virtual machine, each controller having up to 64 disks

    • Up to 8 NICs per virtual machine plus up to 4 legacy NICs per virtual machine

    • Up to 4 devices on IDE controllers

    • Up to 50 snapshots per virtual machine

There you go! Please make sure you read through the appropriate KB articles as I’m sure I will have missed some bits. (KBs are official statements – blogs are not, even if they are from people working in the Hyper-V team). There are several other items of documentation coming online soon – I’ll provide pointers as and when they go live.


Cheers,
John.

Comments (74)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Desde ayer, ya esta disponible la version RTM de la nueva plataforma de virtualizacion de Microsoft HYPER

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just a quick note to mention that Hyper-V RTM (KB950050) was made available on Windows Update yesterday.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Gata, e oficial, a aparut Hyper-V RTM! Informatii utile gasiti pe blog-ul lui John Howard , cat si pe

  4. Anonymous says:

    I arrived on this team a little over three years ago, and was brought in to work on automating test cases

  5. Anonymous says:

    John Howard's Blog: This article walks through updating an WDS infrastructure such that Hyper-V RTM

  6. Anonymous says:

    Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RTM Now Available

  7. Anonymous says:

    This article walks through updating an WDS infrastructure such that Hyper-V RTM bits are “slipstreamed”

  8. Anonymous says:

    I've written a lot about Hyper-V on this blog (some would say too much) but I'm going to carry

  9. Anonymous says:

    Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. RC0 is pre-release software. Hot off the press

  10. Anonymous says:

    John,

    Good effort for the team. It should be interesting to what the impact in the market is over the next 12 months!

    Cheers

    Adam

  11. Anonymous says:

    As you’re probably already aware, Hyper-V was released not too long ago. There are a number of resources

  12. Anonymous says:

    This article walks through updating an WDS infrastructure such that Hyper-V RTM bits are “slipstreamed”

  13. Anonymous says:

    Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. This post refers to pre-release software for Hyper-V,

  14. Anonymous says:

    Mikec – KB950050 is present in Server SP2. You still need the client bits though – these are not present in Client (Vista) SP2 in-box.

    Thanks,

    John.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Now that Hyper-V is RTM, why should you care? Because it performs very well! If you do demos using virtual

  16. Anonymous says:

    Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. RC0 is pre-release software. Some of you may have

  17. Anonymous says:

    Mike – KB952627 was re-released. The original download could not be installed on SP1. We re-released without the block in the installer so that it could be installed on both SP1 and SP2. If you find you still can’t install after downloading the latest version, please let me know.

    Thanks,

    John.

  18. Anonymous says:

    ….and now they are live (12:15PM Pacific) :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    Tore/James/Tim – thank you :)

    Jason – yes, but you need an update to SCVMM available from connect.microsoft.com (it was needed for RC1 Hyper-V compatibility too).

    Thanks,

    John.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Steve – one other thing I should have verified. What SKU of Vista are you running – the update only applied to Business, Enterprise and Ultimate. (IOW, if it’s a Home SKU, this is expected).

    Thanks,

    John.

  21. Anonymous says:

      Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. This post refers to pre-release software

  22. Anonymous says:

    Further to yesterday's post announcing that Hyper-V has shipped , I thought I'd highlight that

  23. Anonymous says:

    Steve – one other thing, can you also verify that KB952627 isn’t already installed, just in case. That would give the same error about the update not applying.

    Thanks,

    John.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hyper-V is here! As you can confirm on the press release linked below, the final release of Windows Server

  25. Anonymous says:

    William M – the download links are now live. KB links should be going live very soon.

    Thanks,

    John.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Mark! Appreciate the kind words. Hope all is well back in the UK :)

    Cheers,

    John.

  27. Anonymous says:

    C’est maintenant officiel et annoncé sur les blogs des équipes de développement, Hyoer-V est disponible

  28. Anonymous says:

    Steve – this is the download link KB article – these should install on Vista SP2: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952627. Let me know if you still have a problem with applying the update. The Hyper-V tools are not part of RSAT in Vista (they are in Windows 7). Once the update is installed, Hyper-V Manager should appear under Administrative Tools.

    Thanks,

    John.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Wow its been a great ride helping get Hyper-V to perform the way it does. So much so I’ve not posted

  30. Anonymous says:

    Steve – correct in that Vista is not *supported* for managing an R2 based server, but it does work (mostly – couple of small caveats), and has nothing to do with not being able to install it. Vista is entirely supported for managing "v1" (Windows Server 2008/Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008) Hyper-V installations. Would you be able to email me the cbs.log file from windowslogscbs (preferably zipped). If you use the email option at the top of this page, I’ll reply then you can reply with the log. That will tell us what is going on here.

    Thanks,

    John.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RTM Now Available

  32. Anonymous says:

    Congratualations and thanks to the team. :->

  33. Anonymous says:

    Mi o vuku, kad vuk na vratima! Od danas je dostupan Hyper-V RTM na Windows Update-u odnosno Hyper-V ulazi

  34. Anonymous says:

    For de som har en interesse av dette så har Hyper-V kommet i RTM versjon. Den ble sluppet den 27.06.08, og kan nå lastes ned og installeres på W2K8 Servere. …

  35. Anonymous says:

    En la primera semana de Febrero se anunció la versión RTM de Windows Server 2008, incluyendo

  36. Anonymous says:

    Steve – can you confirm the value of the registry key BuildLabEx under HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion as well as the file size (in bytes) of the update you’re attempting to apply along with the exact name of the update. There may be some log files I would need to grab too to investigate. Let’s verify the build first though.

    Thanks,

    John.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Hyper-V has RTM'ed!! That is way earlier than the initial 180 days after Windows Server 2008 release

  38. Anonymous says:

    Gareth – is this an HP box with the Proliant Support Pack installed? If so, there is a KB referenced in the main article which explains the issue – there will be an update from HP provided soon. If this is not the case, please drop me a mail using the email link at the top of this page.

    Thanks,

    John.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. RC0 is pre-release software. The Vista SP1 Management

  40. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Adam. Hope all is well with you. Long time since I heard any news.

    Cheers,

    John.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. This post refers to pre-release software for Hyper-V,

  42. Anonymous says:

    With Hyper-V RC0 now available, [ Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. RC0 is pre-release

  43. Anonymous says:

    Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. RC1 is pre-release software. The RC1 release of

  44. Anonymous says:

    crosspost from http://blogs.msdn.com/rextang just at 6/26 , Hyper-V RTM was released for download … This

  45. Anonymous says:

    Update: 26th June 2008. Hyper-V RTM is now available. RC1 is pre-release software. We’re getting really

  46. Anonymous says:

    Forgot to say thank you, so thank you! That did work.

  47. Anonymous says:

    Further to yesterday's post announcing that Hyper-V has shipped , I thought I'd highlight that

  48. William M says:

    Is the download link not available yet (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950050)?

  49. Mark Wilson says:

    Congratulations on shipping this John (and the rest of the team).

    Hyper-V rocks!

  50. Tore Lervik says:

    Grats John! Now go and join the release party! ;)

    Installing it now, should go smoothly :)

  51. James says:

    Get in there…let the revolution begin!

  52. Tim Berk says:

    Congratulations to you and your team for a job well done!!

    Sincerely,

    ~tb

  53. jason says:

    will the hyper-v rtm work with scvmm 2008 beta or will there be an update?

  54. mark says:

    Congratulations to everyone. Great job, this is going to rock the world as we know it!!!!!

  55. Loïc Delambre says:

    Congratulations !

    It’s a great news for new OSes to be supported! I don’t have to search for 64 bits drivers :)

  56. Sylecomte says:

    Merci ! Thanks a lot ;)

    I’m a french Hyper-V addict :p

  57. Gonzalo Balladares R. says:

    Hi. Contrats for the release.

    I just reference this page from my blog (in spanish)

    —-

    Para más información sobre el nuevo release de Hyper-V en español pueden ver:

    http://gballadares.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A402FBAD95DBB2A3!664.entry

  58. Hector says:

    Thanks for The New!

    More info (Spanish) in http://www.sharepoint2007.co.cc

    Hector.

  59. Jagan says:

    Congratulation and Thanks. We needed it- the support for XP-SP2. It performs great too.

  60. Gareth Jones says:

    I installed this – Server is now stuck on "Configuring Updates – Step 3 of 3 – 53%" – has been for hours.

    So be careful with the upgrade – make sure you’re backed up first as usual!

    I’m still stuck with this though, anyone have any ideas?

  61. Michael Schmidt says:

    Installed well (Upgrade from RC1). On the virtual machines i upgraded intergration components. VM-Bus Network does still not work (Error 10). Have to use legacy network driver instead.

    Also on backup the VVS Virtual Writer does not work. "VSS Virtual Writer not found"

    Any Ideas ?

    Thanks,

    Mike

  62. Michael Schmidt says:

    Thanks John.

    Uninstalling and reinstalling integration components did the trick  –  seems upgrade does work differently.

    For the VSS-Writer i am thinking about remove/add hyper-v role. Do I have to use VM export to get the vms back or is there an other way? If I add the hyper-v role again do i have to upgrade to Hyper RTM again ?

    Cheers,

    Mike

  63. bday says:

    Hi John, I also have an HP Proliant DL380 hung at the Configuring Updates Stage 3. I can’t find any links in KB950050 talking about it or how to fix it. Am I looking in the wrong place? Thank you.

  64. Steve says:

    Hi John,

    The links for:

    "    * Update for Windows Vista (x64)

       * Update for Windows Vista (x86)"

    …go to an *update* program that will not install on Vista SP2; it says "This update does not apply to your system."  How to get the original tools?  We have found the update for the tools to work with SP2 as well, but it won’t install either.  RSAT installs but doesn’t say anything about managing Hyper-V.

  65. Steve says:

    Hi John,

    I’m not sure if my first post worked.

    The links for:

    "    * Update for Windows Vista (x64)

       * Update for Windows Vista (x86)"

    …go to an *update* program that will not install on Vista SP2; it says "This update does not apply to your system."  How to get the original tools?  We have found the update for the tools to work with SP2 as well, but it won’t install either.  RSAT installs but doesn’t say anything about managing Hyper-V.

  66. Steve says:

    Hi John,

    That’s the problem….that will not install: it says "This update does not apply to your system."  We’ve tried two PCs (x86 and x64).

  67. Steve says:

    BuildLabEx: 6002.18005.amd64fre.lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830

    Windows6.0-KB952627-x64.msu: 2.86 MB (3,006,342 bytes)

    (downloaded today from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952627)

    Thanks.

  68. Steve says:

    It is Vista Business.  I even noticed that was in that registry that way.

    A co worker watched this video, and they only mention it will work on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 so I guess Vista isn’t supported any more:

    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Hyper-V-Server-2008-R2-Bare-Metal-to-Live-Migration-In-about-an-hour/

    That matches that the only tools I can find now are for Windows 7.  I will check back later but it looks like we are down to upgrading a PC or finding a NIC that works with VMWare.

  69. Steve says:

    I think we found the answer…the Vista tools will only install on Vista SP1.  On a PC with SP2 applied the tools refuse to install.  On SP1, the second patch refuses to install.  So, the only way we can connect to Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is:

    1) find a PC with Vista SP1

    2) install the tools

    3) upgrade it to SP2

    4) install the update to the tools for SP2

    So far this seems to be "working;" we are at the permissions error noted in your blog.

  70. mikec says:

    Is any of this relevant for Windows Server 2008 R2?

    e.g. is it necessary to apply KB950050?

  71. MikeM says:

    This is driving me NUTS – I can’t install KB952627 on my Vista SP2 workstation.

    Are there any workarounds for this problem?? I have the same problem as Steve.  I need to get the Hyper-V remote management tools onto this workstation.

  72. Ugly Hyper-V error says:

    Hi all,

                   We’ve been testing Hyper-V R2 SP1 Datacenter for the past 2 months and last week we experienced our first Hardware failure.

                   We have three servers with AMDs Magny-Core 12 cores and 64Gb of RAM on each configured on a Failover Cluster with High-Available VMs stored on an EVA 4400 with two controllers and full redundancy.

                   One of the nodes went down on Thursday night and some of the machines went missing on System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 SP1.

                   I did a little bit of research and found out that the EVA started to load balance the LUNs across the two controllers for better performance and the machines on the affected LUN have lost their GUID.

                   Again more research and I found this article from Microsoft about the problem:                

                   support.microsoft.com/…/2406705

                   At 4am I’ve decided to recreate the VMs (losing all configuration) and attached the old VHDs.

                   My question is:

                   Is Microsoft really ready to take on VMware?

                   Is Hyper-V R2 reliable, stable and scalable as Microsoft says it is?

                   Why do we have to live migrate VMs to another node every month to apply patches if Microsoft says that Windows Core is the most secure platform ever built.

                   I hope that someone from Microsoft can answer my questions.

    Tags:

    Hyper-V, Microsoft, Virtualization