Friday, September 10, 2004

Microsoft Virtual Server 2005

Not exactly the most exciting news to post after a break away from blogging, but it's a post non-the-less!

Various sources are saying that Microsoft have marked the 13th September as the release date for Virtual Server 2005. Available in two flavours (Standard & Enterprise edition), Virtual Server utilizes the Windows Server 2003 platform and provides the ability to run multiple operating systems on a single hardware box. Support in this first-release version includes virtual-SCSI and clustering to provide high availability and performance in a consolidated server environment.

I must say I’ve been very impressed with it so far and it stands up well when hosting intensive virtual servers. On my test system I’m currently running two Windows Server 2003 machines (Standard & Web edition), and three Windows XP machines; one of which is still running an early Beta of Service Pack 2. I can’t remember the last time I had to reboot so I think that speaks for itself!

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