We already know that we wouldn’t have to wait four years to get significant new features in Windows Server & Hyper-V. Looking at the list of builds since the first version of Hyper-V, we can observe there were considerable intervals between the releases of Windows Server 2008 (R2) and Windows Server 2012.
We’ve seen three major releases of Hyper-V since June 2008. If development progresses well, we might even see an updated version of Hyper-V within only about 1 year from GA of Windows Server 2012. The Windows Server 2012 operating system was already packed with spectacular new functionality and scalability with major focus on the Hyper-V and Cloud OS feature set.
Builds of Windows Server including Hyper-V
- 2008 (February 4) – RTM Windows Server 2008 SP1 – February 2008 (with beta version of Hyper-V)
- 2008 (June 26) – Release of Hyper-V 1.0 which shipped as a free download
- 2008 (October 24) – Release of first Service Pack SP2
- 2009 (July 22) – RTM of Windows Server 2008 R2 including Hyper-V 2008 R2
- 2009 (August 19) – General Availability of Windows Server 2008 R2 including Hyper-V 2008 R2
- 2009 (October 22) – Release of Windows Server 2008 R2 including Hyper-V 2.0
- 2011 (February 9) – RTM of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2
- 2011 (February 22) – General Availability of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2
- 2011 (September 9) – Developer Build of Windows Server 8
- 2012 (March 1) – Beta of Windows Server 8
- 2012 (August 1) – RTM of Windows Server 2012 including Hyper-V 3.0
- 2012 (September 4) – General Availability of Windows Server 2012 including Hyper-V 3.0
- 2013 (June ?) – On May 14 Microsoft’s Tami Reller, head of marketing and finance for Windows announced that Windows Blue would be officially called Windows 8.1. A public preview of the software would be available on June 26th. There was no mention of the official name for Windows Server Blue and whether a public preview would be available on the same day as Windows 8.1
When Windows Server 2012 became generally available, the System Center Suite was not able to support the new OS until its SP1 release (RTM – December 16, 2012, GA – January 2, 2013). The new OS was even so feature rich that System Center 2012 SP1 was unable to include all of the treasures in Windows Server 2012. For example features like Hyper-V Replica and Virtual Fibre Channel can still not be managed from within Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1.
Questions, Questions, Questions
If there is a new Server OS version just around the corner …. What will this mean for Hyper-V? How will it impact Windows Azure Services for Windows Server (WASfWS)? And what will this mean for the successor of System Center 2012 SP1? Will the management suite be able to manage all of features of the new operating system? To what extent will Private, Hosted and Public Cloud be more aligned in the CloudOS? What’s with SMB3? What’s with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and how about the storage integration direction Microsoft is taking? Will Microsoft be able to set itself apart from the competition even more than it did with Windows Server 2012?
In other words, there are plenty of questions that remain to be answered. There’s a very good chance that some or maybe all of these questions will be answered during the live streamed TechEd North America 2013 keynote in New Orleans by Brad Anderson.
Keep an eye on this blog because we will soon announce a joint event by the System Center User Group (SCUG.nl) and Hyper-V.nu which will focus on the expected new exciting releases.