Service Pack 1 announced for Windows 2008 R2

Great news. Microsoft have started to release news about SP 1 for Windows 2008 R2. Still slated for release in Q4, there are two major announcements for anyone interested in virtualisation – RemoteFX which essentially supercharges the vide experience for end users of Remote Desktop Services. So powerfullis this that for once Citrix will be licensing the Microsoft solution on graphics acceleration ratehr than the other way round. Read more about it here.

The other big announcement is dynamic memory allocation in Hyper-V. You can read about that here. VMWares “killer” feature has always been memory over commit. Essentially it just pages non used memory to the hard drive so in highly virtualised environments where VM’s need to use their RAM this can lead to excessive paging and poorly performing infrastructures. However, it is still the number 1 reason why people choose VMWare over other virtualisation vendors so even though, in my opinion, its not as great as its cracked up to be, if you ant to do virtualisation then you have to offer this functionality. The good news its, that’s one less reason to spend a fortune on VMWare if you are on a budget.

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