Microsoft to announce Virtual Machine Manager

The WinHEC conference has still to start but a part of new Microsoft strategy about virtualization has already been leaked:
Steven Bink discovered and reported the new Virtual Machine Manager product site.

Virtual Machine Manager, which was previously been named Virtual Server Manager and codename Carmine, will be available following this scheduling:

  • Beta 1 – summer 2006
  • Beta 2 – Q1 2007
  • RTM – H2 2007

This early beta launch is very important cause it means Microsoft changed its mind, offering its virtualization management product not only for upcoming codename Viridian, but also for existing Virtual Server 2005 R2, which should be powered by the new Service Pack 1 on the summer as well.

Virtual Machine Manager will offer the most requested features from virtualization administrators:

  • virtualization candidates recognition
  • physical to virtual (P2V) migration
  • virtual workloads placement and migration on hosts servers
  • virtual infrastructure automation (including virtual machines library management and provisioning)

Read features description and relative FAQs.
Register for the beta at Microsoft Connect.

The Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.