Hyper-V Tag Index

Microsoft in Fighting Form vs. VMware

While Microsoft is claiming to have eaten some of VMware's lunch in the virtualization space, VMware undoubtedly will be taking some of Microsoft's dinner.

Tags: VMware vSphere, virtually speaking, Microsoft Hyper-V, Hyper-V, Microsoft, virtualization, server virtualization, VMware

Microsoft to Pull Windows Server 2003 Support Next Year

Microsoft warns data center operators that hanging onto the long-lived server OS is potentially endangering their IT infrastructures.

Tags: Windows Server 2012, VMware, server os, Hyper-V, Windows Server 2003, Microsoft, Windows XP, data centers

Installing and Activating Hyper-V Linux Integration Services

Learn how to install and activate a key set of components that can help improve the performance of Hyper-V virtual machines running Linux distributions.

Tags: Linux Integration Services, Hyper-V, Linux Distributions

15 Core Hyper-V Security Best Practices

Ensuring Hyper-V environments are running securely is a major concern for many enterprises. Minimize your attack surface with these Hyper-V Security Best Practices.

Tags: Security Essentials, Hyper-V, best practices

Microsoft Looking to Lure Customers Away from VMware

The company's upgraded Virtual Machine Convertor tool adds features designed to help poach VMware-based VMs and turn them into Microsoft Hyper-V ones.

Tags: VMware vSphere, virtually speaking, Microsoft Hyper-V, hypervisor, Hyper-V, Microsoft, virtualization, servers, server virtualization, VMware

Hyper-V Network Virtualization: Overview and Q&A

Discover how Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization can enable hosting providers to host customer virtual machines without requiring any changes to the physical network topology.

Tags: server tutorial, virtual machines, Microsoft Hyper-V, hosting services, Hyper-V, network virtualization, hosting, virtualization, VM

Hyper-V Replica Resynchronization Process

Resynchronizations can become necessary when a Hyper-V Primary Server fails to properly replicate to the Replica Server. Discover what to look for and how to proceed when a Hyper-V resync is needed.

Tags: Windows Server 2012, server tutorial, server operating system, Hyper-V, server os, servers, Windows Server 2012 R2

Moving On from MCSA Windows Server 2012

Once you've mastered the MCSA Windows Server 2012 qualification, discover some of the options available for building on that newfound knowledge.

Tags: server tutorial, virtualization, MCSA, data center, Hyper-V, Windows Server, Windows Server 2012

ConVirt Looks to Converge Hypervisor Management

If you're just dipping your toes in the waters of hypervisor heterogeneity, finding a solution for your multi-hypervisor management needs may be easier than anticipated.

Tags: convirt, ConVirt Enterprise, virtualization, hypervisor management, virtually speaking, Hyper-V, Xen, VMware, hypervisor, KVM, server virtualization

Working with NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012

Discover a network adapter-independent protocol from Microsoft that facilitates NIC teaming for virtual machines on Windows Server 2012.

Tags: Windows Server 2012, Microsoft, NIC, VM, virtual machine, Hyper-V

Microsoft Releases Linux Integration Services 3.5 for Hyper-V

The software giant continues to court Linux-based workloads with a new driver package that enables support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 5.5 and 5.6.

Tags: Hyper-V, virtualization, Microsoft, CentOS, Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, VMware

Troubleshooting Generic and Known Error Messages in Hyper-V Replica

Our latest server tutorial details how to troubleshoot generic error messages in Hyper-V Replica as well as what you should do when a known error message occurs.

Tags: Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, error message, server tutorial

Checking Hyper-V Replication Health Using PowerShell Cmdlets

Our latest server tutorial reveals two handy PowerShell cmdlets available for checking Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replication status and getting replication statistical data on your VMs.

Tags: Windows Server 2012, POWERSHELL CMDLETS, virtual machine, VM, VMware, PowerShell, Microsoft, virtualization, Hyper-V

Understanding Hyper-V VSP/VSC and VMBUS Design

Discover the key role Hyper-V's VSP and VSC components play in improving virtual machine performance by facilitating communication between VMs and the parent partition.

Tags: Hyper-V, virtual machine, virtualization, VMware, Microsoft, VM

Addressing the Virtualization Disconnect

With virtualization evolving faster than IT staff can learn how to master it in many cases, what good is all this new virtualization technology to your organization if no one knows how to use it?

Tags: server virtualization, Microsoft, Hyper-V, vSphere, VMware, virtualization, SDN, Software-Defined Networking

Harnessing the Power of Hyper-V Network Virtual Switches

For any virtualization administrator that's ever found Hyper-V's network virtual switch's capabilities to be a bit on the confusing side, we have the perfect server tutorial for you.

Tags: Hyper-V, VM, virtual machine, Windows Server 2012 R2, virtual machines, server tutorial

Hyper-V 2012 R2: Pros and Cons of Generation 1 vs. Generation 2 VMs

With Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 introducing support for two generations of virtual machines, we look at when and why you might want to select one VM generation over the other.

Tags: server tutorial, virtual machines, VM, Hyper-V, virtual machine, Windows Server 2012 R2

Working with Windows PowerShell and Hyper-V Modules

Discover how Windows PowerShell and the built-in PowerShell cmdlets that ship with Hyper-V can help automate a variety of server admin tasks on Hyper-V virtual machines.

Tags: Windows Server 2012, POWERSHELL CMDLETS, PowerShell, Hyper-V, Windows Server, server tutorial

Dell Sets the Stage for Hyper-V's Return to OpenStack

Once tech non grata, Microsoft's virtualization platform is making a comeback thanks to Dell.

Tags: Dell, virtualization, Microsoft, cloud computing, public cloud, Hyper-V, private cloud, Hyper-V Cloud, OpenStack

How to Convert a Physical Computer to a Virtual Machine

Our latest Server Tutorial covers virtual machine conversion tools and takes you step by step through the process of converting a physical machine to a VM.

Tags: virtual machine, virtualization, Hyper-V, Microsoft, VM, virtual machines, server tutorial, VMware, VHD

Embotics Manages to Meld VMware and Hyper-V Hypervisor Use

vCloud Director may be comprehensive, but it's also relatively expensive and arguably overkill for the needs of many enterprises. That's where alternatives like V-Commander come into play.

Tags: VMware, hypervisor, Hyper-V, V-Commander, vCloud Suite, virtually speaking, Embotics, hypervisor management

Hyper-V and VMware vSphere Architectures: Pros and Cons

With Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere tackling virtualization in their own distinct ways, it's important to know the key advantages and disadvantages of each design architecture employed by the two.

Tags: servers, virtualization, VMware, server virtualization, server tutorial, VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, hypervisor

Cisco Expands UCS Servers for Microsoft

Cisco fast tracks support for Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization under Windows Server 2012.

Tags: Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, Cisco, Microsoft, virtualization, UCS

How to Use Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica for Disaster Recovery

Discover how to create and implement a cost-effective disaster recovery solution with Windows Server 2012's Hyper-V Replica virtual technology.

Tags: Windows Server 2012, Server Administrator, Hyper-V, disaster recovery, servers, Microsoft, server, virtualization, Windows Server

Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2012 RTM

Windows Server 2012 will be hitting OEMs in August, launching in retail come September.

Tags: Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, virtualization, server os, Microsoft, Windows Server

Hyper-V 2012 Heats Up VMware vs. Microsoft Server Virtualization Showdown

The recent barbs traded between VMware and Microsoft can mean only one thing -- each sees the other as a real threat in the server virtualization and private cloud computing markets.

Tags: VMware vSphere, virtually speaking, Hyper-V, VMware, server virtualization, server, virtualization, private cloud, Microsoft

Network Virtualization Poised for Primetime?

Significant signs are starting to emerge that network virtualization is a technology whose time is about to arrive.

Tags: public cloud, hypervisor, Hyper-V, private cloud, virtualization, Cloud, Hyper-V Cloud, hybrid cloud, network virtualization

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Supports VMware and Hyper-V

The latest release of the company's Virtualization Manager lets IT manage both VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments in a  single view.

Tags: Hyper-V, VMware, Solarwinds, IT management, virtualization

Veeam's Management Pack Catches the Free Bug

The company is currently giving away its Management Pack for free, but there's a catch of course -- three, in fact.

Tags: cloud computing, Veeam, hypervisor, VMware, Hyper-V, Hyper-V Cloud, server virtualization, private cloud, public cloud

Windows 8 Server Beta First Look

Last month, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Server Beta. We walk through the many changes and new functionality it has added since the Developer Preview last year.

Tags: Hyper-V, Windows 8 Server, Windows

Microsoft Releases Windows Server 8 Beta

Supercharged Hyper-V and improved storage management are among the many carrots Microsoft is dangling in front of systems administrators.

Tags: windows server 8, Hyper-V, Microsoft, IIS

Veeam Adds Hyper-V Infrastructure Support

The virtual infrastructure management company doubles down on Veeam One hypervisor options.

Tags: Veeam, Hyper-V, VMware, server virtualization

Microsoft Solidifies Its Private Cloud Approach

The System Center 2012 release candidate makes a very clear statement: Microsoft is ready to seize the private cloud  market from VMware.

Tags: system center 2012, Microsoft, Windows 8, server virtualization, Hyper-V

The Beginning of the End of the Server Virtualization Landscape as We Know It

2012 just might be the year the sun gets a chance to set on VMware's empire of server virtualization hegemony.

Tags: Hyper-V, VMware, server virtualization

Server Virtualization: The Year in Review

Server virtualization continued to make inroads in 2011. From the Open Virtualization Alliance to the vSphere 5 hypervisor to the quarterly V-Index, here are the highs and lows.

Tags: Hyper-V, VMware, server virtualization, open virtualization alliance, KVM, vSphere, VDI, Xen, Citrix

Server Virtualization Buying Guide -- Hyper-V

Hyper-V may not be today's virtualization market leader, but don't count on it to play second fiddle forever.  The virtualization platform is catching up fast, and its low price point makes it an increasingly easier sell.

Tags: Hyper-V, hypervisor, server virtualization, Microsoft

Hyper-V 3--Microsoft's Virtualization Platform Grows Up

Microsoft tends to get things right with version 3 of its products, and with Hyper-V 3, this looks to be the case once again. When Server 8 comes out, Microsoft will have a serious server virtualization platform on its hands that will do everything most companies need.

Tags: Hyper-V, Microsoft, VMware, windows server 8, server virtualization

Server Virtualization Pricing: Apples to Oranges to Pears

When it comes to server virtualization pricing, it seems each vendor has chosen a different fruit. How do you compare pricing when structures vary from per-server or per-processor, or are based on VM usage, bundled guest OS licenses or combinations of all of these?

Tags: Red Hat, Microsoft, Citrix XenServer, vSphere, VMware, KVM, Hyper-V, server virtualization

Workstation Virtualization Goes Mainstream With Windows 8

With the release Windows 8, end users will be mere mouse clicks away from launching Hyper-V-based virtual machines.

Tags: workstation, virtualization technology, Hyper-V, Windows 8

Microsoft or VMware -- Who's Really Stuck in the IT Past?

Microsoft knocks VMware's virtualization strategy. Some of it rings true but it doesn't seem to matter. Is this a sign of Microsoft becoming less relevant?

Tags: Hyper-V, server virtualization, vmotions, virtualization, Microsoft, VMware

How Much Will That vSphere Deployment Really Cost You?

Per-CPU socket pricing, vRAM entitlements and pooling -- with VMware's latest pricing schema, figuring out the costs of virtualization is trickier than ever.
Tags: server virtualization, Hyper-V, vSphere, VMware

V-Index: Measuring Virtualization Technology's Reach

Getting data on virtualization technology is now easier than ever. A quarterly industry survey of 500 enterprises called the V-Index has just been launched, and the results are simultaneously expected and surprising.
Tags: virtualization technology, server virtualization, Hyper-V, VMware, Veeam

Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta -- The User Experience

The initial beta of Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 was released to the MSDN community two months ago. We step through our user experience with and provide some tips to get things working optimally.
Tags: System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Hyper-V, server virtualization, Microsoft

Testing Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta

Microsoft released a first beta of its upcoming System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 product to the MSDN community in early May. We took it out for a spin, and here's what we found.
Tags: System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Hyper-V, server virtualization, Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Microsoft Doubles Down on Virtualization

Virtualization plays an ever more important role in Microsoft's long-term plan. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 7 SP1 each brought a number of new features to the virtualization table from their respective sides, and the virtualization offerings don't stop there.
Tags: TechEd, Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, virtualization

Microsoft Adds Guest OS Support for CentOS -- Why?

Microsoft now supports CentOS as a guest OS on Hyper-V. With support already in place for there for Suse Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, why is Microsoft fishing in a smaller pond?
Tags: Hyper-V, CentOS, Windows Server 2008 R2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, server virtualization

Why Choose Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Over VMware or Microsoft?

Sure, it's a lot less expensive, but is there a technological reason to choose the Linux leader over the virtualization kingpins? Navin Thadani thinks so and explains why.
Tags: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, VMware, Microsoft, Hyper-V, server virtualization

Is Virtualization Hitting the Wall?

A recent survey of x86 virtualization penetration shows few enterprises exceeding 50 percent and many running into SLA issues.
Tags: Hyper-V, virtual server, server virtualization, sla, VMware

NEC Adds Hyper-V Fault Tolerance

NEC's FT Express5800 can now run Hyper-V, providing a new fault-tolerant virtualization environment for Windows shops. Can virtualized mission-critical apps be far behind?
Tags: VMware, server virtualization, NEC, Hyper-V, Fault Tolerant

Microsoft Server Virtualization Beats VMware

The company is touting engineering giant CH2M Hill as its latest example of how the Hyper-V virtualization platform is beating out VMware.
Tags: Hyper-V, server virtualization, VMware

Microsoft Bows Self-Service Virtual Machine Tool

New release of Microsoft's self-service portal aims to improve data center administrators' ability to quickly provision virtual machines for internal customers.
Tags: virtual machine, Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Microsoft, server virtualization

Windows Server 2008 R2 High Availability Technologies -- Live Migration

High availability has been a core component of Microsoft's growth as an enterprise player. Virtualization and the addition of Live Migration in Windows Server 2008 R2 are now key to this strategy. Learn how Live Migration can ensure your Windows Server 2008 install stays up and running.
Tags: server virtualization, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V, high availability

Linux Integration Services 2.1 RTM Available

Linux Integration Services 2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 is now available free of charge from the Microsoft Download Center.
Tags: Microsoft, Hyper-V, virtualization, Linux Integration Services

VMware Go Gets Tweaked for Hyper-V Competition

VMware has updated its free online virtual machine builder in the hopes of appealing to g to small and medium businesses.
Tags: Hyper-V, VMware

A Guide to Hyper-V Live Migration

Live migration enables virtual machines (VMs) to be moved between Hyper-V hosts with no downtime.
Tags: Hyper-V, migration, virtualization, virtualization technologies

Has VMware Won the Server Virtualization War?

Virtually Speaking: It's accolades all around for VMware, even from Microsoft users.
Tags: server virtualization, Microsoft, VMware, Hyper-V, TechEd

VM6 Makes Hyper-V Virtualization Easier

The company's new tools can help make companies make the transition to a virtualized infrastructure much easier.
Tags: Hyper-V, virtual, virtualization

Sanbolic Storage Software for Windows Cloud, Server Virtualization

Sanbolic Melio 2010 integrates easily with Windows Server Hyper-V virtualization and System Center Management components.
Tags: server virtualization, Hyper-V, server

AppAssure Releases Microsoft Hyper-V Backup Solution

The software performs a single application-aware snapshot spanning the entire host machine and an unlimited number of guest machines in a Hyper-V environment.
Tags: backup, virtual server, virtual machine, Hyper-V

VM6 Automates Hyper-V Management

The VM6 VMex 2.1 suite automates management of virtual servers based in Hyper-V virtual machine software.
Tags: server tools, Hyper-V, virtual machine

Linux Integration Services 2.1 RC for Hyper-V

Microsoft announces the release candidate (RC) version of the integration services.
Tags: virtualization, Hyper-V, Linux integration

New vWorkspace Offers Server 2008 R2 Enhancements

Quest Software has announced a new release of vWorkspace that offers functionality enhancements, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services.
Tags: Hyper-V, Remote Desktop, Windows Server 2008 R2, virtualization

Virtualization Technology Even an SMB Can Love

Virtually Speaking: Does the virtualization technology behind VM6 VMex have what it takes to win over the most resource-constrained SMBs?
Tags: Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V, SMB, virtualization technologies, virtualization technology

Abiquo Offers VMware-to-Hyper-V Conversion

Start-up Abiquo combines open-source software with cloud computing expertise.
Tags: Abiquo, virtualization, Cloud, VMware, Hyper-V

VKernel Offers Free VMware Capacity Management Tool

VKernel offers system management virtual appliances for VMware ESX Server and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.
Tags: virtual machine, VMware, server tools, Hyper-V, VMware ESX Server

Secure Server Virtualization Using Hyper-V

Authorization Manger makes secure server virtualization more than a pipe dream. These best practices show you the two best ways to secure Hyper-V Server and virtual machines using Authorization Manager.
Tags: security, Microsoft, virtual, server virtualization, Hyper-V

Microsoft's Red Hat Virtualization Drivers: What Took so Long?

Microsoft recently released a set of drivers that allow production versions of Red Hat to run on Hyper-V.
Tags: Linux, drivers, Hyper-V, Red Hat

Citrix Shares Virtualized Enterprise Vision

Citrix is best known for XenApp but industry analysts say Citrix is playing catch-up.
Tags: Hyper-V, VMware, Citrix, virtualization, XenServer

Virtual Machine Management Battleground Shifts to VMware vs. Red Hat

Red Hat is laying the groundwork to beef up its virtual machine management software so it can compete with VMware on more equal footing in the future.
Tags: virtual machine management, KVM, VMware, Hyper-V, Red Hat

2010: Will Server Virtualization Hit a Brick Wall?

Gartner says recession-battered companies will hold server virtualization adoption steady in 2010, but that prediction could be proved wrong.
Tags: Hyper-V, VMware, Microsoft, virtualization, Servers & Services

Hyper-V Security and Authorization Manager, Keys to a Successful Config

Are your Hyper-V virtual machines secure? Learn how to secure them using Authorization Manager.
Tags: Windows Server 2008, Microsoft, virtualization, Hyper-V

Configuring Hyper-V Security Using Authorization Manager

When deploying virtualization technologies, key choices must be made to ensure the environment is secure. This article explains how to use Authorization Manager to make Hyper-V as secure as it can be.
Tags: Windows Server 2008, virtual, security, operating system, Hyper-V

The New Windows vs. Linux Debate

Virtually Speaking: With the OS and hypervisor converging, the phrase 'heterogeneous data center' may soon have new meaning.
Tags: VMware, Hyper-V, OS, virtualization, Linux

VMworld, A One Horse Show?

Virtually Speaking: The competition is crying foul over VMware's exhibit hall policies, but there has been no shortage of news out of San Jose this week. Starting with VMware itself.
Tags: Hyper-V, VMworld, Xen, virtualization, VMware

Microsoft Claims Strong Lead for Hyper-V

Virtually Speaking: Microsoft claims a 24-point increase in Hyper-V penetration, but exactly what and how it's measuring is unclear. VMware, meanwhile, may be suiting up to grow its high-end base.
Tags: hypervisor, Microsoft, VMware, Hyper-V, SMB