Windows 2008 Server RC0

A while back now i have been able to install windows 2008 Beta, well RC0 is out and this has the long awited Virtualization, well at least for me, and for an RC0 release i am rather impressed at the stability and speen, however its not without its configuration problems, and we can only hope that microsft will address them all.

I had issues installing the Virtualization,  i was getting the following error ‘The virtual machine could not be started because the hypervisor is not running’

the following could help you

1) be sure that your processor of the physical computer has a supported version of hardware-assisted virtualization. all new duel cores, quad cores etc Xeon processors also support this

 2) you will nee to confirm that hardware-assisted virtualization and hardware-assisted data execution protection are enabled in the BIOS of the physical computer.

And the big one that sumped me for a long while, MAKE sure you DONT use software raid on your boot partion, this will cause the above error.

Infact dont use software raid at all well at least for RC0 the Virtualization just isnt very quick there seems to be to much overhead for it, although it seems as though the processor isntworking.

Speaking of processor We are now running 6 production servers on a Xeon 2.4 quad core and wow the processor is barley working. Insane, the only notable usage is memory, which i suppose is really to be expected.

The other thing thats is funky although i am yet to understand how it actully works, is the snapshots, yes you can take a snap shot of your VM which seems to snapshot within seconds.  however in RC0 there is no scheduled snapshots nor is there any command line support for the Virtualization, but i hear this is comming in the final release…

So microsoft well done you got this one right, big thumbs up from me

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