- by Chad, "The Dream", Weaver
Yesterday was the day that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 was officially released to the public. This is a great way to get your windows 7 machines and or Server 2008 installs up to date in a single install, the install itself is between 500 MB and 1 GB depending on your flavor 32 or 64 bit respectively. In a single install you can get all the updates and bug fixes you are missing if it has been a while since you last clicked that update button. As for the server install it comes in a .iso format weighing in at 2 GB almost.
This has been available for Microsoft’s Technet subscription service for the last week for anyone wanting to get in on the action early but today marks the first day you can get it downloaded and installed for the rest of the Microsoft-using world. Now if you are not behind on updates and are using Windows 7 this isn’t an earthshattering update and you probably won’t notice very much changing if anything at all. I still wouldn’t put it off keeping your computer up to date is one of the most important thing anyone can do to keep their computer safe and secure. If you are installing this update on just a single machine then check windows updates as a smaller focused install should be available.
The Server 2008 R2 SP1 update does include some fancy new features including the one I am most excited about. The ability to enable dynamic memory usage in Hyper-V servers, this feature is quite exciting. With this you can allow the Hyper-V guests to decide how much memory they are in need of and only consuming what is required at any given time. This allows for even denser Hyper-V hosts, because the memory is used much more efficiently. Also a new feature called RemoteFX was introduced. The rest were improvements to things such as clustering and so on. Still nothing to really get too excited about unless you have a Hyper-V install then it is something we at Trigon really recommend you check out. If you'd like to hear more, give us a buzz!