The Windows Server Notebook

Aug 26 2009   5:49PM GMT

Virtual Machine Manager reaches RTM – but not VMworld

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Microsoft ‘s System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (now that’s a mouthful!) was released to manufacturing this week and is set for general availability on the first of October. Just don’t expect to see it next week in San Francisco.

According to Peter O’Rourke via Microsoft’s Virtualization Team Blog, “It’s their show, it’s not an industry show, and they set the rules.” In other words, don’t expect a demo.


I guess it’s not a total surprise given the current competition within the virtualization market. Still, aren’t VMware’s management capabilities supposed to be superior to Microsoft’s anyway? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen competitors giving demos at TechEd in the past. (I can’t honestly say that I spend time at every booth during those events though, so if anyone remembers Microsoft doing something similar, be sure to post in the comments section below.)

Anyway, back to SCVMM. I’m sure Microsoft is disappointed, but based on O’Rourke’s post, they are brushing it off better than they did with some other recent shenanigans.

The company is clearly very excited about SCVMM 2008 R2, which will be able to leverage the new capabilities of Hyper-V R2 and Windows server 2008 R2. Such features include Live Migration (duh), Clustered Shared Volumes (which has started to get more attention recently), and Virtual Machine Queue and TCP Chimney. According to Microsoft, the last two are designed to improve network performance for virtual machines.

You can get all the details on Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 and download a 180-day evaluation at the Microsoft website.

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