Release: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

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A few hours ago the Microsoft virtualization management solution System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 hit the RTM.

As expected the RTM arrives just a few weeks after Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V R2 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 were released to the Microsoft partners.

The most important new capability included in this release is the long awaited virtual machines live migration.
Anyway Microsoft surprised its audience in early June by adding other welcome features to the SCVMM 2008 R2 Release Candidate, like the Quick Storage Motion and the support for VMware port groups.

The Release Candidate should be considered feature complete but the company managed to squeeze a last unexpected thing to the RTM: the (partial) support for VMware vSphere 4.0.
Basically Microsoft supports the new VMware platform only for the same features that were available in VI3.5. Some of the new capabilities that VMware offers will be supported in a future update of SCVMM. detailed the entire feature-set here.

Microsoft already released the trial version of the product on its Download website.
The full version instead will be available to its its Volume License customers first, starting on October 1st.