MS Hyper-V Server

by Marin Franković on 20 October, 2008

Microsoft recently released Hyper-V server, free version of Windows Server 2008 that is intended to be used for testing purposes, basic server consolidation, branch office consolidation or hosted desktop virtualization.
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Hyper-V server does not have any other roles that can be installed on it (such as DNS, DHCP, AD ?). Management tools have to be installed on remote machine. Down below you can see how it compares to other versions of Windows Server 2008.
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Virtualization Needs
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 Standard
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
Server Consolidation
YES
YES
YES
YES
Test and Development
YES
YES
YES
YES
Mixed OS Virtualization (Linux and Windows)
YES
YES
YES
YES
Local Graphical User Interface
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YES
YES
YES
High Availability?Clustering
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YES
YES
Quick Migration
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YES
YES
Large Memory Support (Host OS) > 32 GB RAM
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YES
YES
Support for > 4 Processors (Host OS)
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YES
YES
Ability to Add Additional Server Roles
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YES
YES
YES
Guest Virtualization Rights Included in Host Server License
None?Each Windows Guest VM Requires a License
1 Physical + 1 VM*
1 Physical + 4 VMs*
1 Physical + Unlimited VMs (Free)
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You can download free copy from Microsoft download page.

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