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Introducing Windows Server® 2008 by The Microsoft Windows Server Team, Mitch Tulloch

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Features of Windows Server Virtualization

Now that we understand something about how virtualization works (or will work) on Windows Server 2008, let’s look at what it can actually do. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Creates and manage child partitions for both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) operating systems.

  • Creates VMs that can use SMP to access 2, 4, or even 8 cores.

  • Creates VMs that use up to 1 TB of physical memory. Windows Server virtualization can do this because it’s built on 64-bit from the ground up. That means 64-bit HV, 64-bit virtualization stack, and so on.

  • Supports direct pass-through disk access for VMs to provide enhanced read/write performance. Storage is often a bottleneck for physical machines, and with virtual disks it can be even more ...

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