On July 22 Microsoft released the long awaited Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V R2. The same day anyway Microsoft also released the stand-alone version of hypervisor, called Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.
Compared to the first release, which had a subset of the features available in the Windows Server 2008 edition, this new stand-alone Hyper-V seems to match the capabilities of its Windows-embedded counterpart (this post will be updated if we’ll receive different information). And this includes the most-wanted Live Migration capability.
Instead of having something less, this version of Hyper-V R2 has something more: the capability to boot from flash.
This is a major new feature that Microsoft didn’t announce earlier and that may put Hyper-V side by side with VMware ESXi and Citrix XenServer in the OEMs pre-installation options.
Like the Windows-embedded version, Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is free and will be released to the Microsoft partners through MSDN, TechNet and other distribution channels on August 6.
Rodrigo L. Lopes
Absolut IT Soluções em Suporte e Tecnologia
MCT | MCITP | Virtualization Administrator 2008 R2