A couple quick points of MS virtualization interest.
First up is a new book on Virtual Server 2005 R2. Here’s a shot of the cover and brief description of the book:
The definitive, in-depth resource for administering Virtual Server 2005—direct from the experts
Get the definitive reference for administering and supporting Virtual Server 2005, including the R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) release—with insights from the Microsoft experts who know the technology best. This official Microsoft RESOURCE KIT provides the in-depth technical guidance on installing, configuring, administering, and supporting Virtual Server 2005. In addition, you get in-depth chapters on advanced configurations; development and test tools; migration and management tools; security, scripting; Linux support; disaster recovery; and extending and customizing Virtual Server 2005. You also get a CD with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 with SP1 and Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 evaluation software; sample scripts, source code, and sample applications; technical whitepapers; videos from the authors; and a fully searchable version of the entire RESOURCE KIT.
Also, a new web site for SoftGrid launched today. This is mainly a transition off of the Softricity site (which we acquired last year) to MS.com property. But they’ll also be adding a TechCenter section for community and libraries. In the mean time, customers like Russell Investments are making big plans SoftGrid, and it’ll soon be available for Vista. And WiPro published a (marketing) white paper on the features, cost benefits and effects on IT best practices for using Microsoft’s Desktop Optimization Pack … one of the 2 ways you can acquire SoftGrid.