5.1. Understanding Hyper-V Requirements

Similar to the other hypervisors, Hyper-V consists of a software layer called the hypervisor that executes directly on hardware. The hypervisor software controls and arbitrates access to the underlying hardware. Before going into the details of how VMM manages Hyper-V, let us take some time to understand Hyper-V by covering the following topics:

  • Hyper-V architecture

  • Hyper-V security

  • Host operating system requirements

  • New features in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

  • Guest operating system requirements

5.1.1. Hyper-V Architecture

Similar to XenServer, but unlike ESX/ESXi, Hyper-V does not load the drivers for peripherals available to the computer in the hypervisor layer. Instead, it loads the hardware drivers ...

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