|NOTE: Microsoft has clarified their announcement. While SP2 will ship for Vista and Windows Server 2008 as a single update the Hyper-V components WILL NOT install on Vista. |
Here is some clarification from a ComputerWorld article:
Yesterday afternoon Microsoft announced Service Pack 2 Beta or Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. While that may seem all nice and boring there are a few great tidbits that got slipped in (see Notable Changes post).
Service Pack 2 is for both Vista and Win 2k8. That means you can deploy a single Service Pack to all of your Vista and Win2k8 machines. If you have a fully Vista/2k8 environment then you only need this one SP. Even though most of us work in mixed Vista/XP/Win2k3/Win2k8 environments I really like the way Microsoft moving. Simplification of patching will make the IT Pros out there very happy and can’t hurt us geeks running multiple home computers and VMs. 🙂
Second off (and more important to me) is that they have brought Hyper-V to Vista! Now I really have to rethink what I have running on my laptop. I currently run Windows Server 2008 x64 on my Dell D630. I have done this for 2 main reasons, first I wanted access to all 4GB of RAM so that’s the x64 part. Second, I wanted the VMs that I use constantly for client environments and TFS development to run under Hyper-V to eek out all the performance I could. Since Hyper-V only shipped with Windows Server 2008 it was a no-brainer. Unfortunately, I had to go through a lot of configuration to get the Win2k8 OS to work nicely as a workstation (and I’m still having a hard time running Flash). If I migrate my laptop back to Vista Business x64 with SP2 I think I can get the same functionality with better compatibility. I’ll probably have to do some tweaking to a Vista install to get better performance out of it though, so there are trade-offs. I think my boss would say that it’s good because now he can have Hyper-V on a machine that can Sleep (Win2k8 doesn’t have Sleep).
So all-in-all a good morning for news from this geek’s perspective. I’m off to download SP2 Beta and patch my home machine and check out Hyper-V in Vista.