Windows Server 2012 R2 introduces a new class of virtual machines that are optimized for virtualization—generation 2 virtual machines. They provide advanced features that deliver significant management, storage and security benefits. In Windows Server 2012 R2, generation 2 virtual machine hardware removes most of the emulated (”legacy”) devices, or replaces them with optimized software-based devices. Generation 2 virtual machines lay the foundation for advanced virtual machine features, including a reduced attack surface for the platform and faster boot times for virtual machines.
Generation 2 virtual machines use a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and software-based devices when turning on your computer. UEFI is an alternate firmware interface and delivers improved boot time performance and flexibility. Generation 2 virtual machines provide the following boot capabilities.
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