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SBS 2008 backup under Hyper-V R2 gets dynamically swappable drives and what else is coming in Hyper-V 2008 R2

I saw this and thought I would share it.  Hyper-V R2, which is in beta already supports hot add/remove of drives, so native SBS 2008 Backup will work as youcan now dynamically add and remove those USB drives and they can be configured as pass-through disks so you will not have to create VHDs on them.  Other interesting features for me were the live migration and huge memory support, all in the free version along with the management console!

Hyper-V R2 BETA is available to test here.  There is also an overview document that can be found here.

 

In the overview document is the summary of Hyper-V as shipping today and the products as of tomorrow:

Capabilities

 

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

 

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

 

Windows Server 2008 R2 EE, DC

 

Processor Architecture x64 only

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Hypervisor-based

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Product Type

 

Standalone product

 

Standalone product

 

Operating System

 

Number of Sockets (Licensing)

 

Up to 4

 

Up to 8

 

Up to 8 = EE | Up to 64 = DC

 

Number of cores supported by the hypervisor

 

24 (with QFE)

 

32

 

32

 

Memory

 

Up to 32 GB

 

Up to 1 TB

 

Up to 1TB

 

VM Migration

 

None

 

Quick and live migration

 

Quick and live  migration (EE & DC)

 

Administrative UI

 

Command line, text based configuration utility  and remote GUI management

 

Command line, text based configuration utility  and remote GUI management

 

Command line, remote management, and local GUI  (Hyper-V Manager MMC)

 

Management

 

Existing management tools

 

Manageable by SCVMM

 

Yes (SCVMM 2008)

 

Yes (SCVMM 2008 SP1)

 

Yes (SCVMM 2008 SP1)

 

Virtualization Rights for Windows Server guests

 

0

 

0

 

EE = 4 VM

 

DC Edition = unlimited VM per proc

 

Number of running VM Guests

 

Up to 192, or as many as physical resources allow

 

Up to 256, or as many as physical resources allow

 

Up to 256, or as many as physical resources allow

 

Storage

 

Direct Attach Storage (DAS): SATA, eSATA, PATA, SAS, SCSI, Firewire, Storage Area Networks (SANs): iSCSI, Fiber Channel, SAS

 

Planned Guest OS support

 

Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows 2000 Server, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 & Windows XP SP3/SP2

 

 

That is it for now.

 

David


Posted Wed, Jan 21 2009 8:07 AM by David Overton

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Anonymous wrote re: SBS 2008 backup under Hyper-V R2 gets dynamically swappable drives and what else is coming in Hyper-V 2008 R2
on Wed, May 20 2009 10:58 PM

Hot DOG!  I was having a hard time figuring out how I'd explain to a client how to use their USB backup drives for their virtualized server! :)

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