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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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Reviewing Hyper-V Security Best Practices

As you develop a security plan for your Hyper-V infrastructure, you must consider securing the parent partition as well as each of the guest virtual machines. The following sections define best practices that you should consider to secure your Hyper-V virtualization infrastructure.

Minimize the Hyper-V Parent Partition Attack Surface

Deploying Hyper-V on a Windows Server Core installation allows you to achieve the smallest attack surface for your Hyper-V servers. Because a Server Core installation installs only the components needed for a specific role (such as Hyper-V) and does not install any graphical user interface (GUI) management tools, not only is the attack surface minimized, but maintenance cycles ...

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