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    Virtualization server 2005 R2

    Ms has changed the licensing on this product to <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>. See Virtual Server 2005 R2 - Enterprise Edition to download. Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 is the homepage for this product.

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    Re: Virtualization server 2005 R2

    No dig at the product itself intended, but I am just puzzled by "virtual machine" software that will just run windows.

    I have a reasonably complex network here for my business size, and I have thought about it, but just cannot think of any situation where I would want to run Windows X, and Windwos Y on the same mahinine at the same time. Windows and Linux, sure. Windows and Novell? Maybe. But why would I need two different instances of windows?

    Free is nice, though. Thanks.

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    Re: Virtualization server 2005 R2

    Read on. There will be addins to allow Linux (Red Hat & Suse I think) as a guest OS. I can think of several reasons to run another Windows OS as a guest such as testing a major update to almost anything, evaluating a new productor without endangering your existing environment, isolating one or more programs completely from others running on the same box for security reasons.

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    Re: Virtualization server 2005 R2

    Another reason to consider, although it may not apply to you: consolidation of server space. Many data centers only have so many racks available, so putting a beefy box in that can run multiple dedicated servers can help reduce cost and space. I've also seen a few instances of homegrown applications that require a specific OS/service pack level to run properly.
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    Re: Virtualization server 2005 R2

    Well, I thought about it, and Idid come up with a good idea for virtual servers. Since my network has 4 different interfaces (Internet public, DMZ, Trusted internal, and back up internet feed), and it's often helpful to have a trusted host loaded with the proper utility software on each of these networks, I'm going to try putting multiple NICs in my managment station and wiring them to different parts of the network.

    I guess this is like server rack consolidation. I expect to save some money on only having to maintain one set of hardware.

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