Well, I've been very busy wrapping up the first drafts for all the chapters for the upcoming Professional IIS 7.0 book (as well as taking part in a couple of Tech.Ed events), so there's been very little blogwise.

However I noticed today the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2007 has RTMed according to Microsoft. So, we now have a new tool for managing virtual machines hosted on Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1.

So, what's the point of getting SCVMM? Well, you can do a P2V (Physical to Virtual) conversion of a Windows Server 2003 SP1 machine without restarting the physical box, the management console is far superior to what Virtual Server itself offers, and you can import VMWare's VMDK files if you want.

But, but, but (there's always buts aren't there) - this version won't manage Windows Server 2008 Virtualisation (aka Viridian) machines. There'll be an updated version of SCVMM to do that. We still can't virtualise 64bit guests (e.g. Exchange 2007) due to the fact that we're still managing Virtual Server 2005.

So, nice looking GUI front-end that gives you much better managed of Virtual Server 2005. But I think a lot of people doing serious virtualisation are using VMWare's products (ESX) at the moment.