Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 announcements @ TechEd

TechEd was a great experience and thank you to everyone, all 428 of you that decided to see Chris and I talk about the 10 hottest topics for Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrators.  We hope you enjoyed the session and more importantly, if you chose to buy our book after the session, Thank You!

As cool as our session was, there was a bigger announcement around the availability of the public beta for SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, hopefully sometime around the end of July.  They also talked a little bit more about the two great features in SP1 around Dynamic Memory and Remote FX.

Dynamic Memory with Hyper-V allows the allocation of a range of memory (min and max) to individual VMs, enabling the system to dynamically adjust the VM’s memory usage based on demand. This provides more consistency in system performance enabling better manageability for administrators.  This is a great way to work with extending the capacity of Virtualization hosts, if you want to take a look at the technical nuggets behind dynamic memory, checkout Jeff Woolsey’s 5 part series here is a link to part 4: Dynamic Memory Coming to Hyper-V Part 4 

imageAs cool as DM is another SP1 feature, which to me is a game changer is RemoteFX.   RemoteFX leverages the power of virtualized graphics resources and advanced codecs to recreate the fidelity of hardware-assisted graphics acceleration, including support for 3D content and Windows Aero, on a remote user’s device. This allows for a local-like, remote experience from Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services.  In addition to those experiences, they also announced RemoteFX will have generic USB redirection.  This will allow you to redirect virtually any USB device transparently over RDP, this provides several benefits:

  • Support for more devices than previously
  • Support for USB devices with thin clients
  • No client drivers necessary
  • Applications are transparent to redirected devices

Note: Only one session can use USB device at a time

TechEd was full of a lot of great announcements, look for an upcoming interview where I talked some folks about SP1!

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