Microsoft releases Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 beta

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After releasing version 2.1 in December 2009, Microsoft is preparing to launch a major new version of its virtual machines patch management tool: Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST).

VMST 3.0, currently in beta, introduces a number of interesting features like:

  • Patching of offline virtual machines in a System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) library
  • Patching of stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host
  • Patching of virtual machine templates
  • Support for manual copy of update packages into offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library
  • Support Hyper-V Live Migration (requires Windows Server 2008 R2 failover clusters)