Microsoft Corp. on 18th Feb2004 announced that it has sent out to more than 15,000 testers the first beta of its Virtual Server 2004 , which features a number of new capabilities including improved security.The upcoming server, built on the virtual machine technology Microsoft acquired from Connectix in January 2003, now contains new support for a range of SCSI drives and two-node clustering that will allow failover from one virtual machine to another.
The beta program for the product has two tiers. The first is the smaller of the two, a joint development program consisting of 30 key users. The second is much broader offering: “news group level” support to about 15,000 developers.This is a good product for those with legacy apps running on a Windows 2000 or NT 4.0 and to put them all up under the latest version of this server operating system. It is also good for those looking to consolidate servers within a disaster recovery environment. So instead of having an equal number of servers in both disaster recovery and production, they could use Virtual Machine to reduce their number of physical servers. Individual developers who want to simulate multi-server environments for testing applications being developed can carve up a (server) box into virtual machines and simulate a distributed server.
Here’s some more on it http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/virtualserver.mspx
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