Microsoft opens Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 beta program

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Microsoft and Citrix agreed on who’s the guru in town when managing Hyper-V and XenServer hosts (tip: it’s Citrix) but this doesn’t seem to slow down the development of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).

Just two months after opening the public beta of Hyper-V 2.0, Microsoft is now launching the public beta of SCVMM 2008 R2.
This first beta build introduces the following features:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Hyper-V host management
  • Enhanced support for Clustered Shared Volume (CSV) and SAN migration into and out of clustered hosts (including support for multiple virtual machines per LUN by using CSV)
  • Support for multiple LUNs per iSCSI target
  • Support for host’s “Maintenance Mode”
  • Support of disjoint domains
  • Use of defined port groups with VMware vCenter 

Enroll for the beta program here.