The Microsoft Virtualization team put out a big ALL CAPS “me too!” announcement recently that Hyper-V Server R2 has the unique ability to boot from flash. Please note that “unique” means when compared to regular Hyper-V — VMware ESXi has offered this for years.
Oh, by the way, flash boot will be supported only by Microsoft OEM partners — not by Microsoft Product Support. Where have we heard that before? Sounds a lot like NIC teaming — yes, it is not unsupported. I can’t wait to read the KB article on this one.
It’s great to see Jeff Woolsey acknowledge the value of a small-footprint hypervisor, despite the fact that he really seemed to enjoy his latest three-part series on why Hyper-V is better than ESXi in every way. At least that is what I assume the series is about — between the crazy formatting and the ridiculous patch download metric he concocted, I just couldn’t get into it.
As it turns out, Jeff Woolsey also fills an important role at Microsoft as a part-time user interface QA tester for Windows Live Writer. You’ll notice in his posts that he exercises every conceivable text-formatting function offered by that blog editing tool — yes, the large, CAP, bold, underscore, and colored fonts all appear correctly. Tests passed!