The last time I talked about enabling Bltuetooth under Windows Server 2008.
This time I would like to introduce Hyper-V.
Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is the Hypervisor based virtualization function
of Windows Server 2008. As you know virtualization has a lot of
advantages like running more than one server on a physical machine or
higher security when separating server functionality. Hyper-V is a role
that can be turned on if your Windows Server 2008 installation meets the
- The OS runs on a machine with a x64-based processor.
- Your machine supports hardware-assisted virtualization.
- You have hardware data execution protection turned on.
Hyper-V uses the native virtualization method where the Virtual Machine
Manager runs directly on the hardware. This is a huge performance gain
compared to hosted virtualization where the Virtual Machine Manager gets
the ressources from the operating system.
If Hyper-V is activated the partition with the host operating system
(parent partition) is treated like the partitions with the virtual
machines (child partitions). Both of them consume ressources from the
Hypervisor. The virtualization stack, the process and the wmi provider
for managing the virtual machines are located in the parent partition.
And btw: A virtual machine running Linux and the Xen virtualization can
communicate with the Hypervisor.
So why should I use Hyper-V instead of the (technically advanced) VMware
- The Price!!!!!
- New functionality over time
- Microsofts long-run strategy challenging a market leader ;)
Resources: Here and my brain.