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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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Chapter 3. Hyper-V Architecture

Microsoft delivers Hyper-V in two forms: as a role in Windows Server 2008 or as a stand-alone product called Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. Windows Server 2008 can be installed with or without the Hyper-V role. Without Hyper-V, the operating system components and applications run directly on the underlying hardware. When Hyper-V is introduced, this behavior changes dramatically. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a stand-alone product that enables machine virtualization based on technologies that are used in Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. Hyper-V Server has a very similar architecture to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008; for example, ...

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