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MS Announces Date for VMM2 beta 17

Posted by timothy
from the more-than-one-oh-os-oh-my dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has said it will ship a beta of Virtual Machine Manager 2 this summer, according to a report in The Hypervisor. Observers says this means that the new beta will be unveiled at the Tech Ed show to be held in America in June. According to the article, the new beta will be able to manage VMs running on VMware and XenSource hypervisors, and will also support Microsoft's forthcoming Hyper-V hypervisor. The finished version of VMM2 should follow before the end of the year."
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MS Announces Date for VMM2 beta

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  • Late, as usual... (Score:1, Interesting)

    by AndGodSed (968378)
    From This site [thehypervisor.com]

    It appears the product is scheduled for a public Beta 1 release sometime during the summer of 2006, followed by a Beta 2 release around Q1 of 2007, and finally, an RTM of the product sometime in the second half of 2007.

    How long before the real deal ships?
    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      The real deal shipped already. The announcement is for the beta of version 2.0 of this product. You're confusing the two. Version 1.0 only manages Virtual Server and Hyper-V, Version 2.0 will also manage VMWare and Xen.
  • Are they going to allow all windows users to go virtual or is it only going to be the uber users with their fancy schmancy pro licenses?

    It's not going to matter to me how good their virt is if I have to upgrade to use it.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by afidel (530433)
      Uh, the virtualization is for Server 2008 where unless you choose to get a ~$10/cpu discount you get a license to run 1 virtual machine for Standard Edition, 4 for Enterprise and unlimited for Datacenter. This is the same rights as 2003R2 with the exception of there are no rights included with 2003R2 Standard.
  • Can I virtualize their virtualization manager?
  • Will it manage VMs better than VirtualCenter? I am somehow thinking that it won't. VMWare really has a solid product, it will be very difficult for them to compete with such a heavily entrenched company.
  • I'm surprised at no comparisons to VirtualBox here. It strikes me that Xen and VMWare are much more likely to be used in the enterprise sphere, whereas this and VirtualBox are more targeted towards the consumer crowd.

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