I’ve written a lot about Hyper-V Server 2008. And while I came to love Hyper-V Server as my favorite virtualization platform for single server scenarios, I was really looking forward to Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, because I feel Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a very promising product in the virtualization space
You might be one of those persons, fervently running Windows 7 on their day-to-day laptop (like me) and you might be one of those persons building Windows Server 2008 R2 rigs for test and demo purposes. (like me) You might also be one of the lucky persons to lay your hands on a pre-order for … Continue reading "Planning on upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2?"
One of the new and interesting features in the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), mentioned a few days ago, is the ability to utilize a virtual Windows XP with Service Pack 3 environment for application compatibility. This feature is called Windows 7 XP Mode and builds on Windows Virtual PC 7. The new Virtual PC … Continue reading "How to install Windows XP Mode for Application Compatibility"
Designing and implementing a virtual environment on top of Hyper-V can be challenging. In the first four parts of this series I looked at the design choices and management actions regarding Active Directory in Hyper-V environments. Jorge made some interesting points as well, but one Active Directory best practice still remains to be tackled
One of the most exciting new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 is the ability to live migrate virtual machines between nodes of a Failover Cluster. In contrast to Windows Server 2008’s Hyper-V this enables admins to failover virtual machines without noticeable downtime.
In the past I’ve mentioned a Server Core installation of Windows Server 2008 is less susceptible to attacks than a full installation of Windows Server 2008: It has less code on disk and in memory, resulting in a smaller attack surface It requires less updates It doesn’t offer a built-in way to browse the web … Continue reading "Antimalware on Server Core, a strategic choice"
As you might recall Hyper-V Server 2008 is a further Hyper-V optimized version of a Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008, Standard Edition (technically). Hyper-V Server is also Microsofts free stand-alone server virtualization product. When comparing Hyper-V Server 2008 to ESXi 3.5, it’s interesting to note the feature gap between the two products. Especially … Continue reading "The Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Surprise"
Updating environments with Hyper-V can be more of a challenge compared to updating an environment that consists of mere physical servers. Not only the workloads need regular updating, but also the Windows servers and Hyper-V servers underneath them.
For both x86 architectures (64bit and 32bit) and editions (Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter) there’s a “Without Hyper-V” Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) and a SKU that includes the Hyper-V technology. What’s the difference between these versions?
Hyper-V Server 2008 is Microsoft's free server hardware virtualization product. You can deploy this Microsoft product like a Windows product with your favorite deployment suite. When you use Windows Deployment Services (WDS) or Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)to deploy Microsoft's Hyper-V Server 2008 however, you are prompted to provide a product key.