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Microsoft Virtual Server


This documentation provides information about the Microsoft Virtual Server.

Where applicable

Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 allows you to create separate virtual machines on top of your Microsoft Windows desktop, where you can install virtually any Intel-architecture operating system. Each virtual machine emulates a complete hardware system—from processor to network card—in a self-contained, isolated software environment, enabling the simultaneous operation of otherwise incompatible systems.

Developer audience

The Virtual Server reference is for developers who are creating client applications that automate the deployment and operation of virtual machines.

Run-time requirements

Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 is supported on Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Update is supported on Windows Server 2008.

In this section

Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Update (download)

Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 (TechNet)