Microsoft readies Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 service pack

The first service pack for SCVMM 2008 R2 will include updates for managing Windows Server 2008 R2’s Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX features.

Microsoft is closer to releasing a version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager that will leverage some of the major new features in the upcoming version of Windows Server 2008 R2.

The company recently made available the release candidate for SCVMM 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. With the update, administrators will be able to manage Hyper-V R2’s new Dynamic Memory capabilities and enable RemoteFX with SCVMM. The features are part of the first service pack for Windows Server 2008 R2, due out early next year.

Dynamic Memory is Microsoft’s answer to VMware’s memory overcommit functionality, which gives admins more control over how available memory is allocated to virtual machines. For a time, Microsoft rejected the over-provisioning of memory resources because of the potentially negative impact on VM performance. The company reversed course with news of the upcoming service pack, however, which includes Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V as a key new feature.

“We're really after improving the memory management for the Hyper-V platform,” said Microsoft senior technical product manager Justin Graham at TechEd North America 2010 in June. He added that customer feedback helped shape how the new memory management features work in Hyper-V R2.

RemoteFX, on the other hand, is a new set of Remote Desktop Protocol technologies designed to improve the delivery of rich media to end users. It will ship with the service packs for both Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.

As a pre-release version, Microsoft notes that the SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 release candidate is not intended for production environments. Customers can download the service pack for testing via the Microsoft Connect website.

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