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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Released, Free

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Post Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:24 am

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Released, Free

In a move to counter VMware's move in making ESXi free, MS has done the same. Notice the branding though. It does not say Windows in its name. Although I think the name could cause some confusion. Take a look:

- Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V
- Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

The former is a full install of the server OS with the role of Hyper-V. The latter is a small install of a CLI environment very similar to Server Core but with one and only one role, virtualization. This is why I compare it to ESXi and not VMware Server which is an application.

Here's a YouTube vid for some simple info:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlumleSQvUU&NR=1

More info and download links are here:
http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper- ... fault.mspx

Screenshots of Install & User Interface:
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/ms ... creens.asp

Let us know your thoughts,
Don
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Post Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:25 am

Re: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Released, Free

I'm using Hyper-V at the house and I really like it. It plays much nicer with Linux distros than Virtual PC ever did.
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Post Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:48 am

Re: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Released, Free

I am actually using Hyper-V in production for a client.  So far, so good.  I have to say, I am impressed.  Hyper-V was my second choice to now free VmWare ESXi, but ESXi is too limited in hardware support.  Hyper-V performs quite nicely, especially on 2008 core install.  My only complain so far, is that it takes forever to install a guest OS.
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Post Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:18 am

Re: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Released, Free

I hadn't noticed any significant delay, though I only have an Ubuntu box loaded up so far. I'm going to be loading up a BT3, Solaris 10 and probably an XP box. After which, I'll be looking to up the RAM on my system....Oh well, the fun never stops.
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