Microsoft announces Virtual Server 2005 R2 now available as a free download

As already known by all readers since last week, Microsoft has reshaped Virtual Server 2005 R2 offering, providing the Enterprise edition free of charge (not a free 180 days trial) and suppressing the Standard edition.

Quoting from the Microsoft official announcement:

Today Microsoft announced that Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now available as a free download. This also will apply to the forthcoming service pack 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2.

In addition, Microsoft announced the availability of virtual machine add-ins for Linux and a technical product support model for Linux guest operating systems running on Virtual Server 2005 R2.

With Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition, customers can run up to four virtual operating systems on one physical server at no additional cost. Today’s announcement enables customers to easily and cost-effectively run Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition with Virtual Server 2005 R2 for server consolidation, application re-hosting, disaster recovery, and software test and development…