Feeds

Microsoft adds clustering and VSS to Virtual Server

SLES 10 and Solaris welcomed too

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

Viridian remains Microsoft's virtualization priority, but that hasn't stopped the software maker from refining the existing Virtual Server package. Microsoft this week dumped a number of new virtualization tools in the final version of Service Pack 1 for Virtual Server 2005 R2.

First off, Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 boasts host operating system clustering support, which Microsoft rightly pitches as a system uptime win for virtual servers. "Host clustering is storage agnostic, comes with Windows Server 2003 Enterprise or Datacenter editions, and is a high-availability solution for both planned and unplanned downtime," a Microsoftee noted on his blog. "And with System Center Virtual Machine Manager, downloadable today as a beta 2 version, customers will have tools for high availability migration."

In addition, the fresh service pack brings the popular Volume Shadow Services to Virtual Server. This lets customers take snapshots of physical servers on-the-fly rather than suffering through downtime to perform full backups of individual virtual machines.

Customers will also find guest OS support for Novell SLES 10 and Solaris 10.

Virtual Server exists as a stopgap before Microsoft releases its real VMware competitor code-named Viridian via an update to Windows Server 2008 - or the OS formerly known as Longhorn. In May, Microsoft confessed that feature-ripping had started with Viridian.

The new service pack is available at no charge here. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.