Windows Server Virtualization Feature update

Mike Neil, Microsoft GM of Virtualization Strategy just posted an updated feature list and more over at the Windows Server Division Weblog. He also addresses the classic virtualization scenarios

  • Consolidation
  • Business Continuity
  • Test and Development
  • Dynamic Datacenter

And now for the not so good news at the bottom of Mike's post.

"So we had some really tough decisions to make. We adjusted the feature set of Windows Server virtualization so that we can deliver a compelling solution for core virtualization scenarios while holding true to desired timelines. Windows Server virtualization is a core OS technology for the future, and we chose to focus on virtualization scenarios that meet the demands of the broad market – enterprise, large organizations, and mid-market customers. We continue to offer great technology and successful strategies for enterprise customers by broadly investing in the several areas.

So we are making the following changes, and postponing these features to a future release of Windows Server virtualization:

  • No Live migration
  • No hot-add resources (storage, networking, memory, processor)
  • Support limit of 16 cores/logical processors (e.g., 2 processor, quad-core systems is 8 cores; or 4 processor, quad-core system is 16 cores)"

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Comments (2)

  1. Sigh. Well, it had to happen. They’re horribly late already. No hot-add probably also means no USB, a major disappointment. All in all, a lot less than we’d hoped, and not nearly as soon as I wanted it.

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