eWEEK reports that Windows Server 2008 RC1 will be available this month. The article also states that WSV (Windows Server Virtualization) will be included. This will probably be the most interesting enhancement in RC1. Microsoft confirmed the Feb. 27 launch date of Windows Server 2008 and that WSV will be released 180 days thereafter.
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Citrix announced that they will support Microsoft's VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) format. This is not really surprising since XenSource already declared that long before Citrix acquired them. However, it's new to me that Citrix's Presentation Server, Desktop Server and virtual appliance solutions will also use the VHD format. VMware will certainly notice this with interest.
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The ongoing cooperation between Citrix and Microsoft revives the acquisitions fantasies that were spreading on the Web for quite some time now. Actually, when I first saw Winframe, the predecessor of Metaframe, I already expected that Microsoft would buy them. This was before Microsoft had its own terminal server solution. If they buy them now, then XenSource would belong to Microsoft. That's an interesting thought.