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Preview of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Updates

Microsoft last week revealed two new desktop virtualization features that will be included in the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and an updated Remote Desktop client for Windows 7 SP1. For Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Microsoft announced Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. Dynamic Memory is an enhancement to Hyper-V in R2 and allows IT administrators to pool all the memory available on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to virtual machines running on that host as necessary. Get a deeper look at Dynamic Memory....





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