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Microsoft Readies Windows Server Virtualization


Microsoft dishes on ‘Viridian’s’ security features.


As rival VMware Inc. was riding high on Wall Street last month with a blockbuster IPO, Microsoft’s virtualization team was quietly at work on a platform-level virtualization technology earmarked for integration into Windows.


The first public beta of Windows Server Virtualization (WSV), formerly code-named “Viridian,” is expected out by year’s end. Redmond has said the final version will ship as an add-on to Windows Server 2008 within 180 days of RTM.


Microsoft’s Brandon Baker, a security developer in the Windows Kernel Team working on WSV, offered the first detailed look at the project’s security underpinnings during a briefing at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas in early August. Redmond Developer News recently corresponded with Baker about WSV:



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