News

Microsoft Rolls Out SCVMM 2008 R2 RC

The release candidate (RC) of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 is now available for public testing, Microsoft announced on Monday.

The application can be downloaded at the Microsoft Connect portal here, using a Windows Live ID. The RC is the last test version before final product availability.

This version of SCVMM 2008 R2 contains about six new features since the beta was released in March. Those features include storage migration, live migration queuing, rapid provisioning, host compatibility checks, support for third-party clustered file systems and support for the Veritas Volume Manager, according to Microsoft's announcement.

Storage migration lets IT pros move the storage of a virtual machine (VM), even while it's running, both within the host and across hosts, according to the announcement. Users have to allocate about two minutes of downtime to make the move. It's not as quick as VMware's Storage VMotion feature, a Microsoft blog admitted. However, it will be widely available. Redmond plans to add the capability across all its SCVMM products, according to that blog.

The live migration queuing feature lets IT pros set up multiple VM migrations, which are then automatically timed. Previously, users could just move one VM at a time. Live migration is Microsoft's term for moving VMs in real time, with little to no downtime experience for the end user.

The host compatibility check feature lets users determine hardware compatibility between the host and destination machines, before moving a VM.

Rapid provisioning is a shortcut that lets users deploy a new VM without a network copy on the virtual hard disk. "You can now create a template which includes the OS answer file and which references a dummy VHD which is not used," Microsoft explained in its announcement.

SCVMM 2008 R2 is part of Microsoft's System Center family of management solutions. The product works with VMware ESX, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

Featured

  • Microsoft Publishes Windows Deadlines on Upgrading to SHA-2

    Microsoft on Friday described its 2019 timeline for when it will start distrusting Shell Hashing Algorithm-1 (SHA-1) in supported Windows systems, as well as in the Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 management product.

  • Performing a Storage Refresh on Windows Server 2016, Part 1

    To spruce up some aging lab hardware, Brien decided to make the jump to all-flash storage. Here's a walk-through of the first half of the process.

  • Datacenters Are Cooling Down as Buildouts Heat Up

    Tech giants Google, Apple and others are expanding their datacenter footprints at a rapid rate, and it's pushing the industry to find better ways to power all that infrastructure.

  • Vendors Issue Patches for Linux Container Runtime Flaw Enabling Host Attacks

    This week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) described a high-risk security vulnerability (CVE-2019-5736) for organizations using containers that could lead to compromised host systems.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.