Hyper-V Review

We can use hardware resources much more efficiently.


What is our primary use case?

Two main x3650M3 servers with 192GB and 96GB RAM. Primary case was Active Directory infrastructure (actually three DC's), file repository, main MS SQL Server and couple of applications servers.

Additionally remote access thru Desktop Services, management (nVision), central AV (ESET), software routers. In short - whole bunch of different servers and different operating systems Windows Server and desktop, different flavours of Linux, even FreeBSD).

What is most valuable?

Creating virtual machines is really straightforward. Possibility of changing virtual disk size is very helpful. The simplicity of the interface can be confusing because it really provides some advanced options.

What needs improvement?

I am waiting for improvements in networking and life migration. Some networking settings could be less cryptic.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have never had any stability problems caused by Hyper-V for over five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I am very satisfied with the scalability of Hyper-V. I'm using up to eight virtual machines on single x3650 M3

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used VMware, but we switched because Hyper-V is cheaper and delivers the same stability for less money. To be honest for free.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was straightforward. It was easy and fast. It took me between a half  to an hour for complete deployment. The most complex part is the networking.

What about the implementation team?

In-house. To be precise by myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is fairly easy because Hyper-V itself is free.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Citrix Xen, but this solution has become too expensive.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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