One of the new products recently announced at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas was System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM). If you are managing a large and distributed IT infrastructure and looking to consolidate physical servers onto a virtual infrastructure - Virtual Machine Manager provides support for consolidating as well as rapid provisioning and deployment of new virtual machines. And now you can try out the beta version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, which offers multi-vendor virtualisation support and Performance and Resource Optimisation (PRO) for dynamically managing virtualised IT infrastructure.
Speaking of virtualisation, check out the beta of a new Solution Accelerator on Microsoft Connect. The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool combines Windows Workflow with Windows PowerShell to automate the update process of virtual machines (VMs) stored in a Virtual Machine Manager library. VMs that are offline for extended periods need to be kept current with the latest operating system updates to maintain good network security. For more details, see the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Executive Overview.