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Windows Server® 2012 Unleashed by Chris Amaris, Andrew Abbate, Omar Droubi, Guy Yardeni, Michael Noel, Rand Morimoto

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History of Windows Virtualization

Microsoft’s position in the virtualization marketplace before the release of the last version of Windows Server (Windows Server 2008 R2) wasn’t one where Microsoft particularly had a bad product. However, because Microsoft had only jumped into the server virtualization space just a couple years prior to the release of Windows 2008 R2, it was a relatively newcomer to server virtualization and so required more maturity in its product.

Acquisition of Virtual PC

Microsoft jumped into the virtualization marketplace through the acquisition of a company called Connectix in 2003. At the time of the acquisition, Virtual PC provided a virtual session of Windows on either a Windows system or on a Macintosh computer system. ...

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