Virtualization in Windows Server 2012

The release of Windows Server 2012 in early September 2012 introduces several new features and updates over the prior Windows Server 2008 R2, including SMB improvements, a new Task Manager, an updated Hyper-V and revamped storage features.

Today, we’ll look at Windows Server 2012’s updated virtualization, Hyper-V 3.0.

What’s new in Hyper-V 3.0

Since the release of the first Hyper-V, Microsoft has been doing its best to capture its share of the virtualization market. The new Hyper-V 3.0 has made major strides and could certainly be considered a serious virtualization contender. The newest version supports up to 4TB of memory, 320 processors, 8,000 VMs per cluster and up to 1,204 virtual machines per host. It adds support for SMB storage as well.

Although the increased specs are welcome, Hyper-V 3.0 offers a couple new features that you might be interested in, such as live migration and Replica. Live migration functionality allows you to migrate both the virtual machine and its actual storage as well.

Hyper-V Replica makes disaster recovery much easier than in the past. It allows the recovery of a one-off virtual machine all the way up to the storage system. It also allows unlimited replication of VMs to another host behind the scenes.

Hyper-V also offers Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VDI allows users to access a virtual OS in the datacenter from a variety of devices. The entire client desktop experience is virtualized on the server using Hyper-V’s VDI functionality.

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