Citrix Essentials adds support for Windows Server 2008 R2 Staff

It's been three weeks since the official launch of Windows Server 2008 R2, and solutions supporting the new operating system are already rolling in – specifically on the virtualization front.

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Citrix Essential 5.5 will include support for all of Microsoft's latest virtualization enhancements made for Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Windows 7.

Oliver Rist, Microsoft senior product manager for Windows Server Marketing, described the company's next-generation server OS as its most advanced virtualization offering to date. "Citrix has released a new version of its Citrix Essentials that's not only compatible with R2, it actually takes advantage of technologies only the latest Windows Server can provide," he said in a company blog post.

The Citrix Essentials product line is designed to extend management capabilities for Microsoft Hyper-V and the Citrix's own XenServer platform. In addition to Windows Server 2008 R2 integration, Citrix Essentials 5.5 also adds new features for disaster recovery and Windows 7 support.

Citrix Essentials 5.5 is currently in beta and available for download.

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