Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager is officially released

As recently posted on the Windows Virtualization Team blog, VMM has been released. This is big stuff, if you’re using Microsoft Virtual Server in your environment. Here at 3Sharp, we spend quite a bit of time managing the various virtual machines we use, epsecially as we’re cautiously edging into the realm of using virtual machines for production. There are definite advantages offered by virtualization, including Microsoft’s licensing policy that allows you to run up to four virtual machines running Windows Server Enterprise Edition on a host that is running Enterprise Edition.

So, why should you get excited about VMM?

  1. The pricing seems reasonable: $860 per managed MSVS host (not virtual machine) with VMM Enterprise Edition, $499 for the forthcoming Workgroup Edition that allows you to manage up to 5 physical hosts.
  2. VMM is tightly integrated with other System Center products, including DPM. With DPM and VMM, you can do some wickedly cool disaster recovery scenarios, including recovery of physical production servers to virtual instances in a recovery site.
  3. The eye-popper, for me: the roadmap for VMM includes the ability, in the next release, to mix and match virtualization environments such as VMWare, Xen, and Viridian. Yes, that’s right, MS is committing to being able to manage non-MS virtualization environments from the same application. (I just wonder what they mean by next release: a service pack or an actual major release?)

Anyway, back to work. Sorry for the light blogging; Ryan and I are on the deathmarch to finish up the first draft of the DPM book, as the deadline is rapidly approaching. I’ve been trying to squeeze an hour or two here and there, though, to get some good Exchange blog posts worked up, and I’ve just about got some material ready to go.