I just went looking for a decent comparison of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. I obviously found this excellent document on download.microsoft.com – but couldn’t find these high-level bullets anywhere.
Hence this post:
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012
Logical processors on hardware
Virtual processors per host
Virtual processors per virtual machine
Memory per virtual machine
Active virtual machines
Maximum cluster nodes
Maximum cluster virtual machines
Yes, through partners
Yes, Windows NIC Teaming in box
MAC spoofing protection
Yes, with R2 SP1
ARP spoofing protection
Network monitor modes
IPsec task offload
VM Trunk Mode
Live storage migration
No, quick storage migration through System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Yes, with no limits (as many as the hardware will allow)
Virtual machines on file storage
Yes, Server Message Block 3.0 (SMB3)
Guest Fibre Channel
Virtual disk format
VHD up to 2 TB
VHDX up to 64 TB
Virtual machine guest clustering
Yes, through iSCSI
Yes, through iSCSI, Fibre Channel, or Fibre Channel over
Native 4 KB disk support
Live virtual hard disk merge
Live new parent
Secure offloaded data transfer
No, server core at operating system setup
VMConnect support for RemoteFX
Hyper-V is available as both the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 and as a role in Windows Server 2012.
If you are virtualising Windows Server workloads (and have licensed them correctly), Hyper-V is completely “free” – so save yourself a lot of money by NOT purchasing an additional virtualisation solution.
Before you all say “Me” – there’s a catch or two:
I have accidentally ordered too many memory sticks – and now they need a home to go to!
I do have a finite number (more than three) – so I’ll give them away on a first come – first served basis.
Email me if you’re interested & I’ll let you know what I need in return.
These events run from 8:00am – 5:00pm PST (16:00 – 01:00 GMT).
Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start
Instructor Team: Symon Perriman and Jeff Woolsey This is the first of a three course series and is designed for IT Pros experienced in virtualization (i.e., VMware) but in need of learning how to leverage Hyper-V to perform essential tasks in the Windows Server 2012 platform.
Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start
Instructor Team: Symon Perriman and Matt McSpirit (both VMware VCPs) This is the second of a three course series and is tailored for VMware professionals looking to get up-to-speed on how Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1 compares with VMware vSphere 5.1 and VMware’s Private Cloud, respectively.
Windows Intune for IT Professionals Jump Start
Instructor Team: David Tesar and Richard Harrison Learn how your IT organization can manage and secure PCs, tablets (Surface, iPad, etc.) and mobile devices (Windows Phone, Android, iPhone) in the cloud.
Enjoy (your late night)
This April we are joining up with Microsoft UK and taking part in their online version of TechDays.
Details are still in the making, but we’ve been asked to get our asks in.
If you’re interested in attending a fantastic, online event this coming April, then now’s your chance to get involved in the process of choosing the topics, speakers and content so that you get the most out of your time with us.
Please take a couple of minutes and complete this short poll: http://blogs.technet.com/b/uktechnet/archive/2013/01/11/poll-techdays-online-2013-suggest-topics-speakers-amp-content.aspx
Licensing is always called out as one of the most “negative” attributes of Microsoft during our Satisfaction Surveys.
And we’ve had a solution to it for ages! So this turns out to be one of Microsoft Ireland’s best kept secrets:
The Ask-Partner Team offer Non-Technical Pre-Sales (Basic functionality, Product Recommendation etc) and License Advisory services covering the FPP, OEM, Online Services, and VL channels to Microsoft Partners & Resellers
· Tel: +353 (0)1 706 5353 or +44 (0) 844 800 6006 (option 3)
· Email: email@example.com
The Ask-Business Team offer the exact same service to Business customers
· Tel: +353 (0)1 450 2113 or +44 (0) 844 800 2400 (Option 3 + 3)
· Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please give this service a try & let me know how you get on.