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Virtual Server SP1 Released

A key Microsoft virtualization product has gotten an important update.

A key Microsoft virtualization product has gotten an important update. According to the Windows Server blog, Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 was released yesterday.

The big news in VS2005 R2 SP1 is the addition of Volume Shadow Services. VSS makes a backup copy, called a snapshot, of a file or folder at a certain point in time, which leads to better backup and disaster recovery and less downtime.

VS2005 R2 SP1 also includes host clustering, which allows for failover from a group of guest systems onto another physical server should the host machine fail.

R2 SP1 also gets an increase in supported guest operating systems with the addition of Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 and Solaris 10, an open-source UNIX OS. That brings to 11 the number of guest OSes supported by Virtual Server.

The R2 SP1 release conforms to the timeframe Microsoft shuffled a few months ago. R2 SP1 was originally scheduled for a Q1 2007 release, but slipped to Q2.

The R2 SP1 release will have to satisfy admins who continue to wait for the release of the product that will replace Virtual Server, Windows Server Virtualization. WSV, codenamed "Viridian," has suffered a number of setbacks recently, including a slip in its shipping date from the first half of this year to the second, and the removal of several key technologies in order to meet the delayed shipping date. Microsoft is trying to coordinate the release of Viridian with the release of Windows Server 2008, expected out late this year or early next.

R2 SP1, which is free, is available here.

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Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.

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