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Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

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Coming next month, a virtualization server (sometimes called a host) that you can download for free (as in Beer). Watch the Hypre-V Server page for more news. Scenarios for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 (notice that it is NOT called Windows Hyper-V Server) include:

  • Test and Development
  • Basic Server Consolidation
  • Branch Office Consolidation
  • Hosted Desktop Virtualization (VDI)

Note that Hyper-V Server comes with no UI, just like running the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2008 on a Serve Core installation. Among the things you DON'T get in Hyper-V Server:

  • Hassle tying to activate from the command line - No Activation!
  • No clustering
  • No Quick Migration
  • No large memory support (large meaning >32GB)
  • No multi-proc support > 4 proc on the host
  • No ability to run any other workload/Windows Server 2008 role

Read the system requirements for Hyper-V Server.

For more info: Read the Hyper-V Server FAQ.

  • Does that mean no clustering at all, or no multi-site clustering?

    I assume that if it means intra-site clustering is allowed then Quick Migration will still work unless there is code in the clustering SW to block it.

  • Microsoft announced the much anticipated Hyper-V Server Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) last week and they intend

  • Jeremy: There is no clustering code in  Microsoft Hyper-V Server, (which is a free download) and therefore quick migration will not work. For clustering, install Windows Server 2008 and enable the Hyper-V role.

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