It's free minus initial licensing for the OS. You can centrally manage multiple Hyper-V hosts rather easy with no extra licensing fees vs VMware vCenter. Having used both I still have a preference for VMware (especially for P2V situations), but for home/small offices Hyper-V is a great alternative. Hyper-V is included in Windows 8 and Windows 10 with minimal loss to functionality (mainly no Hyper-V replica).
Improvements to My Organization
I use this in my home lab, and I am able to save space by running multiple Operating Systems and Services on only one physical device.
Room for Improvement
I have not gotten to configure virtual SANs, but I wish there were more solutions for storage options. Virtual SANs aside, Server 2012R2 does provide a rather easy way to setup iSCSI targets with local storage. I wish importing/exporting were more robust and more user-friendly. Creating templates would be nice. I will say Hyper-V replica for clustering/failover is pretty sweet. P2V situations are a little more convoluted than with VMware, but still relatively easy. You just have to create a VHD image of the physical machine then attach it to a new virtual machine.
Use of Solution
I've used it for one or two years.
I run an i7 quad core with a total of 8 processing threads and 24GB of RAM. I have eight VMs on a Hyper-V host, but not all run at the same time. The most I’ve had run is five, and everything ran pretty smoothly.
Customer Service and Technical Support
Technical support is very limited. Knowledge-base articles on TechNet and public forums are all that is really available.
This is my first enterprise deployment of a virtual machine infrastructure. I used Hyper-V because it was already on my host OS.
Deployment is easy, enable the feature using the wizard, reboot, and access the management console to start making VMs. Implementation is easy, if you can’t set it up yourself, you don’t belong in IT.
Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing
It's free, minus the license for the host OS.
Other Solutions Considered
I like VMware ESXi, I am aware they offer a free version as well. When I have time and resources, I would like to implement a new infrastructure using that. I’m very familiar with ESXi because we use that in our work infrastructure.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Mar 13 2016