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Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit by Janique Carbone Robert Larson and Microsoft Windows Virtualization Team

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Virtual Machine Hardware Environment

Table 2-2 lists the standard set of virtualized components that a virtual machine exposes to a guest operating system and application stack. These devices are detected and appear to be the physical hardware resources available to the running workload. When a virtual machine workload requests access to the virtualized resources, Hyper-V works in conjunction with the parent partition to translate the requested operation from the virtual hardware environment to the physical hardware, and access is achieved via the standard kernel device drivers installed in the parent partition. This approach provides virtual machine workloads the ability to run across a wide variety of server hardware without requiring any modifications ...

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