A Look At Windows Server 2008

Integrated Virtualization – Hidden Installation

One of the biggest new features if Windows Server 2008 is that it offers an integrated virtualization environment called Windows Server Virtualization. It is a direct descendant of the Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, which was offered as a separate product.

The Windows Server Virtualization is only available in the 64-bit Versions of the OS. Also, it requires a processor with virtualization support (VT for Intel, Pacifica for AMD).

Microsoft decided to hide this functionality in the beta versions. Therefore, two patches need to be installed before the virtualization environment can be enabled for the first time. These are included with RC0.

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The required patches can be found in the wsv directory inside the Windows folder.

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After the patches have been installed, Windows Server Virtualization appears as a new role in the Server Manager.

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