Top 10 Windows 2012 Hyper-V Features Explained

Windows Server | Hyper-V

Windows 2012 Hyper-V has so many new features. In a webinar I hosted Tuesday, I walked through many of these, including my 10 favorites:

1. Installation:

It’s easy, just enable a Role. Any Windows Admin can install Hyper-V.

2. Scalability

4TB RAM per host, 64 logical CPUs per VM, 1TB of Memory per VM, 1024 VMs per host, 8000 VMs per cluster, 64TB VHDX.

3. Shared-Nothing Migration

Move a running VM’s memory and storage from one host to another with no shared storage = WOW.

4. Live Migration & Storage Migration

Easier than ever before, new and improved wizards, no failover cluster or shared storage required.

5. Extensible Virtual Switch

Security (AV/FW) apps, network monitoring apps, network troubleshooting apps can all see into the virtual network.

6. Replica

Replicate virtual machines from host to host for DR, totally included. Finally EVERYONE can afford replication!

7. Dynamic Memory

Reduce memory demands by giving VMs the memory they need when they need it (and taking back memory they don’t need).

Increases VM to host ratio.

Requires specific OS and must be enabled before power-on.

8. Failover Clustering Enhancements

Easier failover clustering configuration, increased scale, support for replica, cluster validation testing, memory-aware placement and more.

9. Free Hyper-V Server 2012

All the features of Win 2012 Hyper-V Standard at no cost (but with no local GUI).

10. Storing VMs on SMB3 File Shares

Eliminate the need for SAN hardware by storing VMs on SMB3 file servers (or a file server cluster).

To hear me talk about these new features and many more, you can watch the full webinar at your convenience:

To learn more about Hyper-V, see David’s Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V New Features Training and Elias Khnaser’s System Center 2012 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud Training.

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