Hyper-V Review

Hyper-V 2012


Hyper-V 2012 is a good virtualization product that is suitable for small businesses. The 2012 edition is very simple to use and performance so far is exceptional. I am using Server 2012 with the Hyper-V role in a small remote office to run infrastructure virtual servers.
The setup is very simple, install the Hyper-V role. Configure where you want to save the virtual machine files, and then select to add a new virtual machine. You can apply the desired hardware specs, and one feature that really stands out is dynamic memory allocation. The host server will scale the guest memory allocation as needed and it works very well.
There are better virtualization solutions for large deployments, but for small businesses or a small remote office that only requires a couple of servers, Hyper-V is hard to beat for the cost (included with the OS).

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarHenry
Top ReviewerTop 5Real User

Hi Jonathon,

Would you please also share your take on Hyper-V 2012 vs VMware?

Thanks

author avatarit_user8223 (IT Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)
Consultant

It depends on your deployment needs. VMware is by far the best virtualization product in my opinion, but Hyper-V is useful in some scenarios. As I stated, I am using Hyper-V to run a couple of infrastructure machines at a remote site (one physical server, Server 2012 with Hyper-V role, running 3 VMs - domain controller, DHCP server, and a security server for door cards).

If you have a virtualization project where you need to use network storage or want to easily segment the virtual network, VMware is the way to go. If you are considering a cluster, go with Vmware.

author avatarit_user2652 (Project Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees)
Top ReviewerVendor

Can we use clustering in Hyper-V too?

author avatarit_user1068 (Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees)
Vendor

Hello Jonathon

Would you advise a completely new business to adopt and make use of Hyper-V? Any challenges or problems to expect?

Thank you