Windows Server virtualization Community Technology Preview now available

As announced here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2007/sep07/09-24windowserverrc0.mspx Window Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 is now available for download (you can download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/Windowsserver2008/audsel.mspx).  The best thing as though is that this release includes the Windows Server virtualization Community Technology Preview.

Now – a couple of notes here:

  1. This is a preview release. 

    Which means that performance / compatibility / stability is nowhere near what it will be by the time we ship the final release.  The real purpose of this release is to give you a preview – so don’t expect everything to work off the bat.

  2. The following features are not present / supported in this release:

    1. Clustering of virtual machines
    2. Clustering of the physical servers
    3. Compacting of virtual hard disks
    4. Backing up guest operating systems using volume snapshot (VSS)

  3. Virtual machines are only supported if they configured as follows:

    1. For the guest operating system, install one of the following:
      1. The RC0 release of Windows Server 2008 with a maximum of 4 virtual processors. No other release of Windows Server 2008 is supported with this release of Windows Server virtualization. You can install either a 32-bit version or an x64-based version.
      2. The Windows Server 2003 operating system, with a maximum of 1 virtual processor. You can install either a 32-bit version or an x64-based version.
    2. Maximum of 64 GB memory.
    3. Maximum of one virtual SCSI controller per virtual machine.
    4. Maximum of one virtual network controller per virtual machine.
    5. Maximum of one legacy virtual network controller per virtual machine.

Okay – start downloading now and I will have more posts about using the CTP coming.

Cheers,
Ben