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Microsoft unveils release candidate of Hyper-V

Microsoft has unveiled the release candidate of its hotly anticipated Hyper-V virtualization technology, which the company says is "near final." Does your company have plans to deploy Hyper-V on an enterprise level when it is released?

Microsoft has unveiled the release candidate of its hotly anticipated Hyper-V virtualization technology, which the company says is "near final."

When released in August, Hyper-V virtualization technology will become part of Microsoft's Server 2008 operating system. However, Microsoft said that it will be possible to license the server operating system without Hyper-V, if desired.

Mike Neil, Microsoft's general manager for virtualization strategy, wrote in a blog post:

"This milestone is important to the hundreds of customers and partners in the early adopter programs, and those of you trialing Hyper-V on your own, because it's feature complete, better performing than the beta, and you'll have a better experience using it. "

Many improvements have been added, among them performance fixes pertaining to scalability and throughput, as well as substantial performance for Hyper-V VMs using pass-through disks. Additional guest support has also been added, with support for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1, Windows Server 2003 (x86) SMP, Windows Vista SP1 (x86), and Windows XP SP3 (x86).

Do note that the release candidate for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is only available for x64 editions of Windows Server 2008 RTM. You can access more details here, or download the RC update.

Does your company have plans to deploy Hyper-V on an enterprise level when it is released?

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