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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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Virtualization Stack

The Hyper-V virtualization stack is a collection of software components and virtual devices that work together to support the creation and management of virtual machines. The stack works in conjunction with the Hyper-V Management console and the hypervisor to provide the support. There are components of the stack that run in the parent and child partitions.

The virtualization stack includes the following major components. Some of the components are constructed of one or more subcomponents:

  • Worker Processes

  • Configuration Component

  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Interfaces

  • Virtual Machine Management Service (VMMS)

  • Virtualization Service Provider (VSP)

  • Virtualization Service Client (VSC)

  • Virtualization Infrastructure Driver ...

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