Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta now available

Starting today you can download the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 beta release.  For Hyper-V this specifically means that you can start evaluating the following new Hyper-V features:

  • Dynamic Memory – the new feature that allows Hyper-V to dynamically change the amount of memory assigned to a virtual machine at run time, to get higher consolidation ratios.  I spoke about this at TechEd US 2010 – and you can watch the movie here.
  • RemoteFX – provides support for rich graphics (Silverlight, 3D, etc…) when using Hyper-V to host desktop virtual machines.

You can register to download the beta here:

Note that while registration is required, there is no approval process and you will get immediate access to the bits.