Virtual Server 2005 Beta Preview

Hmm…das dauert dann wohl doch noch ein bisschen bis die RTM auf dem Tisch liegt. Schade: Die 2004er Beta/Alpha/whatever funktioniert im Produktionsbetrieb ausgezeichnet.

“Because of the naming-convention change first unveiled by Bob Muglia at MMS 2004, the Virtual Server product previously tagged as ‘2004’, is now referred to as Virtual Server 2005. The first build of Virtual Server 2004 released to testers was v1.1.321, here’s a quick preview of one of the first builds under the 2005 name, v1.1.416. It’s unclear when Microsoft plans to make an updated version available on BetaPlace.

Virtual Server is Microsoft’s virtual machine (VM) solution that enables Windows servers to run multiple operating systems concurrently. Virtual Server enables simplified application migration, flexible server consolidation, and automated rapid deployment. Virtual Server represents a key deliverable on the Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) roadmap.

Overview of Changes:

  • Security enhancements – Virtual Server now uses file system access control lists (ACLs) to manage access to virtual machines, virtual disks, and virtual networks.
  • SCSI support – Small computer system interface (SCSI) support is now enabled for four buses with seven devices per bus, and each SCSI drive can be up to 2 terabytes in size.
  • Improved large memory support – Virtual Server now includes improved support for running large numbers of virtual machines on physical computers that have up to 64 gigabytes (GB) of memory, provided Physical Address Extension (PAE) is enabled on the host operating system.
  • Global Resource Allocation Page – Virtual Server now includes a Global Resource Allocation Page providing all virtual machine resource allocation settings on a single page.
  • Globalization – Virtual Server now supports host operating systems that use double-byte characters.
  • Named Password Authority service – Virtual Server now includes a Named Password Authority service. This supports automatic virtual machine startup because you can specify the logon credentials for a virtual machine.
  • Clustering support – Clustering is now enabled for simple failover between two virtual machines.”