Dress up your office wall with the Hyper-V component architecture poster

Dress up your office wall with the Hyper-V component architecture poster

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Hi, this is Bryon Surace again.  I’m a senior program manager on the Windows virtualization team at Microsoft. 


I wanted to draw your attention to the new Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster.   

The poster is a great visual tool to help in the understanding of the key features and components of the Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2.  It highlights key Hyper-V components including:

§  Architecture

§  Virtual Networking

§  Virtual Machine Snapshots

§  Live Migration

§  Storage Interfaces

§  Storage Types

§  Storage Location and Paths

§  Import and Export


This large-format poster provides practical visual depictions of the Windows Hypervisor, live migration process, cluster shared volumes architecture, VMQ data paths, disk storage I/O path, and much more.


Download, Print, and Enjoy!

Bryon Surace


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  • HI.

    I think that there is a mistake in the poster, regarding copy and move operations and the VM ID (bottom right corner of poster).

    Can you please re-check the import export part?

    The poster is very good, and I also suggest that you publish another one in A4/Letter format (pdf with several pages one after the other).

    Yizhar Hurwitz


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  • Thank you everyone for downloading the poster.  The response has been fantastic!  A typo, however, has been discovered in the copy/move section of the poster and has now been corrected.  So I encourage everyone to download the latest version again: www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

  • Is it possible in any way to order this printed poster by mail?

  • Hi!

    And occasionaly I see an another mistake in the poster. The picture of the Hyper-V architecture - legacy guest operating systems don't use VMBus, they send requests through the hypervisor to VMWP, and VMWP redirects them to drivers in parent partition. So, there is a big performance penalty when using emulated devices, because VMWP is running in user-mode.

    I think it needs some correction ;)

  • This psoter is the best, thanks for posting it. I'm using it to train and troubleshoot Hyper-V for some of my team and its just fantastic. Seriously, its the best documentation out there.

    Well done.

  • Thank you everyone for your interest and comments!

    Our intent with how a Legacy Windows Operating System was represented on the poster was to depict a Windows operating system that doesn’t ship with integration services already installed – such as Windows Server 2003.

    While it is correct that execution of emulated devices takes place in the vmwp.exe (that executes in the parent partition), our goal was to let readers know that once they install the integration services in the guest, the traffic is handled over VMBus.

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