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Partitioning the computer's memory into separate and isolated "virtual machines" simulates multiple machines within one physical computer. market leader VMware Inc., Microsoft Corp. will include a number of advanced features in its upcoming free server hypervisor software. <p>Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 will include features such as live migration of virtual machines and host server clustering See clustering. , said Edwin Yuen, senior technical product manager at Microsoft during a talk at its Tech Ed conference in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. . <p>Microsoft made the Release Candidate (RC) for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 available earlier this month. It is available for download now. <p>The new features will also be included in the paid version of Hyper-V, available to buyers of Windows Server See Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Home Server, Windows 2000 and Windows NT. 2008 R2. That software is also in RC status now. <p>Live migration is a key feature that VMware users have long enjoyed. It enables IT managers to move VMs from one physical server to another without any user downtime. But Live migration is pointless if users are prevented from easily moving software around because of restrictive licensing terms. <p>Yuen said Microsoft has liberalized licenses for its own server applications. Due to changes made late last year, Microsoft software such as Exchange, SQL Server An earlier relational DBMS from Sybase and from Microsoft. Sybase introduced SQL Server in 1988 for various Unix versions. In that same year, with help from IBM, Sybase created an OS/2 version that Microsoft licensed and branded as Microsoft SQL Server. , SharePoint, Windows Server and others can now be migrated from server to server without users violating their licenses, Yuen said. <p>The importance "of license portability, we get that now," Yuen said. That portability is true, even if VMs are being moved from server to server using VMware's V-Motion live migration tool. <p>Microsoft will also now fully support applications running inside VMs from partners such as Novell Inc., Red Hat Inc. and Citrix Systems Inc. "If you have a Red Hat issue, we will attempt to solve it and then escalate it with Red Hat if we can't," he said. <p>Yuen also touted the upcoming RC of the update to Microsoft's virtualization management software, System Center Virtual Machine Manager System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) forms part of Microsoft's System Center line of management and reporting tools, alongside previously established tools such as Microsoft Operations Manager and Microsoft Systems Management Server. 2008. R2 of Virtual Machine Manager can monitor power usage on Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. servers running Hyper-V, and suggest actions if problems crop up. "We manage the VMs, and give you a little bit more," Yuen said. <p>Microsoft is "dogfooding" Hyper-V on three of its most popular sites. MSDN (MicroSoft Developer Network) A subscription service from Microsoft for software developers. It includes technical documentation and news, patches and fixes for existing products and beta copies of upcoming releases. .com and TechNet.com are both run completely on Hyper-V-enabled servers. They get hit three million and one million times a day, respectively, Yuen said. <p>Microsoft.com, which gets more than a billion hits a day, is run 50% on Hyper-V "and growing," Yuen said. <p>Copyright 2009 IDG IDG International Data Group
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