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Citrix Essentials adds support for Windows Server 2008 R2

The latest management release from Citrix will leverage virtualization features for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 and SCVMM.

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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