Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0   Leave a comment

What’s new in the Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0?

If you’ve used version 2.1, you know that it offers free, tested guidance and automated tools that let you safely service offline virtual machines in your SCVMM library. VMST 3.0 builds on this functionality, adding powerful new features designed to streamline the process of keeping your offline virtual machines, templates and VHDs up-to-date with the latest operating system and application updates, without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure.  VMST 3.0 helps you effectively manage the workflow of updating your offline virtual machines according to their individual needs. Using VMST 3.0, customers can also keep users productive during updates and maintenance of physical hosts: VMST 3.0 now automates the servicing of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters, leveraging live migration.

Using new features in VMST 3.0, customers can now service:

  • Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.

  • Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.

  • Virtual machine templates.

  • Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 failover clusters running Hyper-V.

VMST 3.0 works seamlessly with other Microsoft technologies.

VMST 3.0 is designed to work with Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 or SCVMM 2008 R2, and with the following technologies:

  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP1 or WSUS 3.0 SP2.

  • System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 SP1, SCCM 2007 R2, or SCCM 2007 SP2.

  • VMST 3.0 also provides the option to manually copy updates to service offline VHDs.

  • The tool works with Windows Task Scheduler to enable scheduling the servicing job.

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool

During your participation in the Beta Program, you can receive support by contacting us at vmoff@microsoft.com.  

Note: VMST 3.0 is not localized to any non-English languages.  It is supported in the English language only.

Tell us what you think! Download the beta materials and send us your feedback

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