For those of you who missed the headlines…

Hyper-V RTM’d yesterday.

Now keep in mind that because officially SBS 2008 has not RTM’d, if you go to look for specific supportability statements, they “ain’t” gonna be there.  Why?  Because SBS 2008 is not released.  Microsoft traditionally does not post support info about a beta product in a released product.  Ergo that’s why when IE8 got a security patch the other day, the official Security bulletin doesn’t list IE8 as an impacted product.

The support story will indeed be there in time for RTM.

Right now the key thing you need to remember is that “legacy nic” is the setting that works on SBS 2008 rtm.

Hyper-V RTM Packages

Windows Server 2008 x64 Hyper-V Parent Partition

This is the complete Hyper-V RTM package for Windows Server 2008 x64. This package must be installed on the Hyper-V Parent Partition. It includes the Hyper-V Server components for Full and Core installations. In addition, is contains the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Management components for Full installations. Note This package is permanent.  Once installed, it cannot be uninstalled. 

Hyper-V Management

This is the Windows Vista SP1 x64 Management package. This package provides the management tools for Windows Vista SP1 x64. 

This is the Windows Vista SP1 x86 Management package. This package provides the management tools for Windows Vista SP1 x86. 

This is the Windows Server 2008 x86 Management package. This package provides the management tools for Windows Server 2008 x86Note This package is permanent.  Once installed, it cannot be uninstalled.




Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RTM Upgrade Considerations (from RC0, RC1 Escrow, RC1, RTM Escrow)

If upgrading from Hyper-V RC0, RC1 Escrow, RC1 or RTM Escrow, you will not need to recreate your virtual machines or network settings.  All virtual machine information will simply persist once the upgrade is complete. However, the following upgrade considerations need to be followed to ensure a successful upgrade to Hyper-V RTM.

Saved-state files are not supported during the upgrade. 
All virtual machine saved-states should be discarded before upgrading to Hyper-V RTM (or prior to resuming virtual machines after upgrading to Hyper-V RTM).
Online snapshots contain virtual machine save-states and thus online snapshots are not supported when upgrading to Hyper-V RTM.
Either apply any online snapshots and shut down the VM or discard the virtual machine save-state associated with the snapshot before or after the update to Hyper-V RTM. 

New Integration Components (ICs) must be installed for your supported guest operating systems.
Integration Components are specific to the build of Hyper-V.
Hyper-V RTM Integration Components for all supported Windows Operating Systems are provided using the ‘Action’ à ‘Insert Integration Services Setup Disk’ action.

Hyper-V RTM Integration Components for ALL supported Windows Operating Systems are now part of the IC Setup Disk. This includes all of the new guest support being added at RTM such as Windows XP (x86), XP (x64), Vista (x64), Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Simply install the Hyper-V RTM Integration Components and you’re set. (‘Action’ à ‘Insert Integration Services Setup Disk’).

Note You need to close the found new hardware wizard before setup will begin on all Windows Operating Systems. 

Hyper-V Question of the Day: 
Q: My customer is looking for information about Hyper-V. Do we have any good public links?
A: Yes and a lot more on the way… Here are just a few website, blogs and webcasts. 

Microsoft Virtualization Home Page

Virtualization Case Studies 

Virtualization Solution Accelerators

Windows Server 2008 Virtualization & Consolidation: 

Hyper-V FAQ 

Optimized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI and much more): 

Virtualization TechCenter: 

How to Install Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC 

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Performance Tuning Guide 

MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V 

MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V Whitepaper 



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