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!