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April 12, 2007

Viridian beta and Virtual Server R2 SP1 move right

Posted by David Hunter at 8:56 PM ET.

Mike Neil, Microsoft’s GM of Virtualization Strategy, today revealed that the schedules for the public beta of the Viridian feature of Windows Server Longhorn and the release of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 are slipping:

The public beta of Windows Server virtualization will ship in the second half of 2007, not in the first half as previously disclosed.

The final version of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 now will be available in Q2, not Q1 as previously stated. In the interim, customers and partners can download a Release Candidate (RC) version later this month – this is code complete and an update to the current beta 2.

The cause for the Virdian beta delay was that more performance and scalability work was needed, but Neil is emphatic that Windows Server Longhorn is still on schedule as is Viridian, although as currently planned Viridian will lag the 2H07 Longhorn release by up to 180 days. As for Virtual Server 2005 R2, integration of support for three additional operating systems (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Solaris 10, and the latest CTP of Longhorn) gets the blame

Filed under Beta and CTP, Hyper-V, Microsoft, OS - Server, Virtual Server, Virtualization, Windows Server 2008

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2 Responses to “Viridian beta and Virtual Server R2 SP1 move right”

  1. Viridian features cut to make ship schedule -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Today Microsoft promised that a beta of Viridian, the free Windows Server virtualization facility accompanying Windows Longhorn Server, will be available when Longhorn is released to manufacturing, but that along the way to making the promised release of Viridian within 180 days of Longhorn, some features had to be cut. Mike Neil, Microsoft’s GM of virtualization strategy, has the details at the Windows Server Division Weblog: So we are making the following changes, and postponing these features to a future release of Windows Server virtualization: [...]

  2. Microsoft ships Virtual Server R2 SP1 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Today after a bit of a delay earlier in the year, Microsoft today released Service Pack 1 for Virtual Server R2 for download. Patrick at the Windows Server Division Weblog tells us what’s new in SP1: A new feature to the service pack is Volume Shadow Services, which provides improved support for backup and disaster recovery. Instead of scheduling downtime for backing up each virtual machine individually, you can now take snapshot backups of physical machines, with no downtime. [...]

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