Microsoft announced a new name for Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 on Wednesday. The product, now called Virtual Server 2005 R2, has been in beta testing since April and remains on schedule for release by the end of the year. The new “R2” name will take effect at the release to manufacturing milestone.
Meanwhile, Microsoft added a post-R2 version of Virtual Server to the roadmap. Not yet named, the new version of Virtual Server will support the hardware-level virtualization platforms being developed by Intel and AMD. The most notable new feature of the R2 version of the year-old Virtual Server 2005 is support for Linux guest operating systems.
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