The news has broken that Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 has been “released to manufacturing”. In other words, development and testing have been completed. TechNet/MSDN customers get access to the download on Feb 16th. It will go GA on Feb 22nd.
Last year I listed the then-included features of the service pack. The big two are RemoteFX (HD graphics via RDP for Remote Desktop Services Session Hosts and Hyper-V VDI) and, of course, Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V (memory allocated to VMs as required).
Those who are using VMM should know that the changes affect VMM as well. VMM 2008 R2 RTM will not be aware of the RemoteFX or Dynamic Memory features. There is a Service Pack 1 on the way (it’s an RC release now) to add support. Normally, an update for VMM will follow an associated Hyper-V update 90 days. But the VMM team has shared that you can expect to see Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 within 30 days of W2008 R2 SP1.
I’ve set up a cluster with both service packs. You need to know that the VMM PRO management packs for OpsMgr also need to be updated in OpsMgr. You can find them in the VMM SP1 media. They will require updated dependencies.
You may have noticed that my Hyper-V blogging was a little quiet as of late; that’s because we didn’t have much new stuff to talk about. I plan to get going again in the near future with these new features arriving on our doorsteps soon.
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