Hyper-V Review

Even better than before

Last time I wrote a review on Hyper V for 2008 R2, which is the product I was using at the time. Having had experience with Hyper V "3.0", the version included in 2012, I figured it was time to update my review.


Hyper-V definitely has its pros!

- This version of Hyper-V is even more in depth than before, bringing it up to par with and even surpassing vSphere in some ways.

- PowerShell scripting has been greatly expanded upon, allowing for more automation and centralized management.

- Exporting a VM and importing it into a new server, or setting up fail-over clustering is easier than ever!

- The integration with the new server manager and the existing MMC substructure is superb.

The cons are the same as the last time.

- Individual licensing costs for each server.
- If you aren't using Hyper-V Core and are running Hyper-V on top of the full Server 2008 R2 platform, then you have less resources to allocate to your Virtual Machines.
- Except through RDP or SCVMM, there is no way to access the VM's on alternative platforms (like Mac or Linux).

All in all, Microsoft Hyper-V is an excellent platform and a great competitor for VMWare, and it keeps improving with each iteration!

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarHenry
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author avatarit_user8256 (Senior Manager of Infrastructure with 501-1,000 employees)

Can you explain "Individual licensing costs for each server."?
Hyper-V it's free! How can you said that it's a con?

author avatarit_user8256 (Senior Manager of Infrastructure with 501-1,000 employees)

Sorry to say but you serious have to review this post! There is features and pros that only Hyper-V does that no other hypervisor does and you don't even mention! This post should be totally rewritten because it's not even close to say that it's complete!

author avatarHenry
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Cool Marcos,

Would you be kind enough to add those missing features :>)