Virtual Server 2005 R2 Evaluation is now available online for immediate download

Interested in evaluating Virtual Server 2005 R2?

Here are some of the new key features:

  • Virtual Server host clustering. Support for host-to-host connectivity lets you cluster all virtual machines running on a host.
  • x64 support. Virtual Server runs natively within a 64-bit Windows host operating system, providing increased performance and memory headroom.
  • Enhanced PXE booting. PXE boot support has been added to the virtual machine network adapter. This means that when the appropriate network infrastructure is in place, you can perform a network installation of a guest operating system in the same way as physical servers.
  • Other improvements. Virtual Server now includes improved hyperthreading, support for F6 Disk (SCSI driver), and virtual disk pre-compactor functionality.
  • Performance improvements.

Please note that there are two downloads, one to run on x64 (64-bit) editions of Windows and one to run on x86 (32-bit) editions of Windows.

Virtual Server 2005 R2 (x64) Enterprise Edition 180 Day Evaluation

Virtual Server 2005 R2 (x86) Enterprise Edition 180 Day Evaluation

UPDATE the links above don't work any longer, use this instead which will ask you to register for the eval download

A few key whitepapers:

Virtual Server 2005 R2 Host Clustering Whitepaper

Improving IT Efficiency at Microsoft with Virtual Server