Today, Microsoft announced the beta availability of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (SCVMM). The R2 beta release is a comprehensive solution for managing virtualized infrastructure running on Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2 and VMware ESX through Virtual Center.
Some of the new features & functionality included in this release are:
- Support for the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2, including:
1. Live Migration: Enables the movement of running virtual machines from one virtual host to another with no downtime.
2. Hot addition/removal of VHDs: Allows the addition and removal of new virtual hard disks (VHDs) on a running virtual machine.
3. New networking protocols: Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) and TCP Chimney.
- Streamlined process for managing host upgrades: Permits to apply updates or perform maintenance on a host server by safely evacuating all virtual machines to other hosts on a cluster using Live Migration or putting those workloads into a saved state to be safely reactivated when maintenance or upgrades are complete. Maintenance mode is enabled for all supported hypervisor platforms on Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta.
- Support for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): Enables administrators to deploy and manage virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in their data center environment.
- Support of disjoint domains: Reduces the complexity of reconciling host servers with differing domain names in Active Directory and DNS. In these situations, VMM 2008 R2 Beta automatically creates a custom service principal name (SPN) configured in both AD and DNS allowing for successful authentication.
- Use of defined port groups with VMware Virtual Center: On installation, VMM 2008 R2 Beta will present available port groups for VMM’s use thus allowing administrators to maintain control over which port groups are used.