Microsoft’s Virtual Server is an excellent tool for migrating legacy applications that run under previous versions of the Windows Server operating system. For example, an organization that deploys a Windows 2003 Server platform could use virtual machines to run legacy Windows NT 4.0 applications. Even legacy versions of other operating systems such as Novell’s NetWare or Unix variations will run under Virtual Server 2005, but Microsoft only offers support for its proprietary platforms.
All things considered, Microsoft’s stab at creating a virtual server product seems to be right on track. Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005 is a tool that almost any administrator can find a use for.
Being a product from Microsoft would Virtual Server gain any more enterprise respectability and not be a stealth project.