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Microsoft Virtualization Secrets by John Savill

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Chapter 8

Working with Hyper-V

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding the architecture of Hyper-V
  • The role of the Windows Server operating system with Hyper-V
  • Key features of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012
  • High-availability and disaster-recovery features
  • Backup options with Hyper-V
  • How Hyper-V compares to third-party hypervisors

Machine virtualization is the default type of technology that most IT administrators associate with the term “virtualization.” This is because machine virtualization is usually an organization’s first experience with virtualization, and it is still the predominant and most critical type of virtualization within a company. Although virtualization now includes session virtualization and data virtualization, it was machine virtualization that first attracted mainstream attention and adoption as companies realized what they could accomplish with virtualization technologies. Microsoft’s first true enterprise-ready machine virtualization technology was Hyper-V, which in a relatively short amount of time has become one of the top three hypervisors in the market today. This chapter dives into the capabilities of Hyper-V and how you can use it in your organization. It also tackles the inevitable comparisons made against other available hypervisors.

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