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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook by Leandro Carvalho

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Hyper-V architecture

Knowing how Hyper-V works and how its architecture is constructed will make it easier to understand its concepts and operations. The following sections will explore the most important components in Hyper-V.

Windows before Hyper-V

Before we dive in the Hyper-V architecture details, it will be easy to understand what happens after Hyper-V is installed, by looking at Windows without Hyper-V, as shown in the following diagram:

Windows before Hyper-V

In a normal Windows installation, the instructions access is divided by four privileged levels in the processor called Rings. The most privileged level is Ring 0, with direct access to the hardware and where ...

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