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How well do we know Windows Hyper-V?



Many Windows users aren’t aware of it, but a powerful virtualization tool is built into every copy of Microsoft Windows 8.x Pro and Windows 8.x  Enterprise, Client Hyper-V.

This is the very same Type-1 hypervisor that runs virtualized enterprise workloads and comes with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. The virtual machines you create on your desktop with Client Hyper-V are fully compatible with those server systems as well.

If you’re a software developer and need to do testing, or simply want additional operating system(s) running on your computer, such as Linux, Hyper-V can be a great feature to have enabled on your PC.

Client Hyper-V has remarkably few limitations compared to its Server sibling. They are:

  • Does not have Remote FX capability to virtualize GPUs
  • Cannot do Live migration of virtual machines from one host to another
  • Cannot use Hyper-V Replica
  • Does not include Virtual Fibre Channel
  • Cannot do 32-bit SR-IOV networking
  • Cannot do Shared .vhdx

If you need to be able to do these, you might want to consider the free Hyper-V Server product, or Windows Server 2012 R2. Following are few of the Hyper-V features

Feature overviews for Hyper-V running on Windows Server® 2012 R2:

Feature overviews for Hyper-V running on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server® 2012

Client Hyper-V is only available in the following versions of Windows:

  • Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Edition
  • Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit Edition
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64-bit Edition

For this demonstration though, we’ll concentrate on the Windows 8.1 versions, as it is a free upgrade from Windows 8, and that’s the version most users will likely be using.

Source: Associated Press


One comment on “How well do we know Windows Hyper-V?

  1. StellarPhoenixS
    December 23, 2014

    Reblogged this on Stellar Phoenix Solutions.

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