Posts Tagged ‘hyper-v server 2008’

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate

May 6th, 2009

I read today on Microsoft’s virtualisation team blog site that the free version of Hyper-V 2008 R2 has now reached release candidate and can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate

The interesting news is that Live Migration, Clustered Shared Volumes and High Availability will be available as part of this free version when it reaches RTM. What isn’t clear is whether these features are included in this release candidate.

So what strings are attached I hear you ask?  Well according to Microsoft absolutely none,  they genuinley appear to be giving away these features for nothing.  I myself thought that the management for Live migration and HA would require a cost as you’d need an implemetnation of System Centre Operations Manager (SCOM) and System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).  However this is not the case,  I actually verified this today with a Microsoft Employee at an event I was at this morning.

The following extract from the Microsoft Virtualisation team blog tells you how you can manage these features.  The first requires a Windows 2008 box so there is a licence cost,  the second requires SCVMM which will obviously cost you money.  The third option however is free,  as long as you have Windows 7.

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Live Migration and High Availability can be managed in a few different ways:

  1. Failover Cluster/Hyper-V Manager from a Windows Server 2008 R2 Server OR,
  2. System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 OR,
  3. Using the FREELY (there’s that word again) available Failover Cluster Manager/Hyper-V Manager for Windows 7.


So, as you can see, there are a few different options depending on your needs and option three gives you Live Migration and High Availability at zero cost.

Will this be serious competition for ESXi?  well I’d say in the home lab and SMB Sector it probably will.  VMware have come in for some criticism following the launch of their new vSphere product and licensing.  A lot of people feel SMB’s are not well covered for some of the more advanced features such as vMotion in the vSphere essentials offering.  Microsoft have probably picked up on this fact, after all they’re not daft.  They probably see this as the perfect oppurtunity to win some of that SMB market and get a stronger foothold in the virtualisation market, from there they can start up-selling SCOM and SCVMM.

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Bare Metal Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta

January 14th, 2009

You may have already read in numerous places about the release of the new Windows Server 2008 R2 beta.  Well on a quieter note a week after that release, Microsoft have now released the R2 version of their bare metal Hyper-V server.  Now as you probably already know,  Hyper-V Server 2008 is free and is comparable to VMware’s free hypervisor ESXi (well in that it’s free)

You can grab your copy by clicking the following link Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta and there is an accompanying overview document which you can also download.

Now the good news is that Hyper-V server 2008 R2 matches the features of the Enterprise edition of Windows Server 2008.  This means support for 8 CPU sockets (32 core count with quad core) and 1TB of memory, it also supports clustering and both quick and live migration features.  Thanks to the guys at for the information in the following table which demonstrates perfectly, the feature synergy between the bare metal and the full fat windows offerings.

Capabilities Hyper-V Server 2008 Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V
Number of Sockets Up to 4 Up to 8 Up to 8 (EE) / Up to 64 (DE)
Number of Cores Up to 24 Up to 32 Up to 32
Maximum Memory Up to 32GB Up to 1TB Up to 1TB
VM Migration None Quick and Live Migration Quick and Live Migration
Number of VMs Up to 192 Up to 256 Up to 256
SCVMM supported 2008 2008 SP1 2008 SP1

You will note that SVCMM 2008 SP1 is being mentioned in this table. The overview document details the fact that at present Hyper-V server 2008 cannot be managed using the SCVMM as it is not supported.  Microsoft are however working on update, likely to be called SCVMM 2008 SP1 to allow for management of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 using the virtual machine manager.

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Hyper-V MMC for Windows Vista

October 9th, 2008

I booked myself the MCTS exam 70-652 for Windows 2008 virtualisation configuration and have been looking around for some decent training material.  There’s some good stuff on Microsoft’s website which is free and can be found here. Some other e-learning that’s not to expensive but nothing beats actually using the software and playing with it to understand what’s going on.

So I built myself a Windows Hyper-V Server (The bare metal version) and then went looking for the Management Console add-in.  Now you think it would be quite easy to find,  I followed the link in the getting started guide for it and it lead me back to downloading Hyper-V Server.  After about 10 minutes of searching and a number of broken links from various Microsoft blogs I eventually found what I was looking for.  You can download it from the link below,  I hope that saved someone else 10 minutes of their life.

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Microsoft Bare Metal Hyper-V Server released

October 2nd, 2008

Microsoft have announced the release of their free bare metal hypervisor called “Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008″.  I thought they might have marketed it with a different name as I can see some confusion arising there.

On first look at the features table it looks a little limited but to be honest it’s no more so than ESX 3i is on it’s own, Hoping to get a look at this sometime today at which point I should be in a better position to comment.

It’s available for download at the following location 

To compliment the flurry of release activity at  Microsoft they have announced their virtualisation exams which you can find out about at the following address.

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