6.1. Understanding Virtual Server and Its Requirements

Virtual Server 2005 was Microsoft's entry product in the virtualization space after it had acquired Connectix in 2003. Now a free download from Microsoft's website, Virtual Server is classified as a "type 2" hypervisor. A type 2 hypervisor is typically hosted in software on top of a traditional operating system. In the case of Virtual Server, it runs on top of the Windows Server operating system as a separate layer, providing the virtualization capabilities. Guest operating systems, or virtual machines, run on top of the Virtual Server layer.

Downloading Virtual Server 2005

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1, the latest release of Virtual Server, can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center ...

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