Microsoft Set to Release Virtual Server 2005By Channel Insider Staff | Print
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Microsoft Corp. is counting on its new Virtual Server offering to entice users of older versions of Windows Server to migrate to Windows Server 2003.Microsoft Corp. is counting on next week's release of its Virtual Server 2005 to entice users of older versions of Windows Server to migrate to Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft set Sept. 13 as the date for taking the wraps off of Virtual Server 2005, which is designed to allow customers to run multiple operating systems, including Linux and Unix, concurrently on a single Intel-based Windows Server 2003 system.
Microsoft will tout MVS 2005, along with its Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 product, during a nation-wide road show that will kick off later this month in Phoenix. Both MOM 2005 and MVS 2005 are considered pieces of Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI), Microsoft's grand autonomic-computing plan.
Microsoft also is continuing work on a companion product, its Virtual Server Migration Toolkit (VSMT). The toolkit, currently in beta, "automates the migration of an operating system and installed applications from a physical server to a server running within a virtual machine that is provided and managed by Virtual Server 2005," according to Microsoft's VSMT Web page.
Microsoft officials have said that they expect MVS 2005 to aid users of older Windows Server releases in migrating to the Windows Server 2003 release, as well as in consolidating their systems.
Microsoft released Beta 1 of MVS 2005 in February, and the near-final "Release Candidate" beta of MVS 2005 in June. Microsoft released to manufacturing MVS 2005 on August 3.
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