What’s the Difference Between Virtual Server and Windows Server Virtualization?


System Center Virtual Machine Manager is the product I am working on. It is a management application for IT Pros to manage the explosion of virtual machines we see coming. It’s currently in Beta, and you can sign up for it using these directions.


One of the “roadmap” questions IT Pros want to know is – where is virtualization going? The answer is Windows Server Virtualization, a feature of Longhorn Server x64editions.


What’s the difference between Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Windows Server Virtualization?





















































 


Virtual Server 2005 R2


Windows Server virtualization


32-bit VMs?


Yes


Yes


64-bit VMs?


No


Yes


Multi-processor VMs?


No


Yes, up to 8 processor VMs


VM memory support?


3.6 GB per VM


More than 32 GB per VM


Hot add memory/processors?


No


Yes


Hot add storage/networking?


No


Yes


Can be managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager?


Yes


Yes


Cluster support?


Yes


Yes


Scriptable/Extensible?


Yes, COM


Yes, WMI


Number of running VMs?


64


More than 64. As many as hardware will allow.


User interface


Web Interface


MMC 3.0 Interface


 

Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

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