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Brad Brundage
Real User
Technology Systems Analyst with 1-10 employees
Oct 03 2017

What is most valuable?

The simplicity and intuitiveness of the platform. It was a very simple adaptation, if you have any experience in virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

Just to be able to efficiently utilize our power hardware. Gone are the days of one pizza box for a two-core CPU. You've got dozens of cores in... more»

What needs improvement?

There is a hard limitation of 20 gigs per file with Dropbox, so you've got to overcome that by chunking the zip files into something smaller and... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

VMware - the cost. Because Hyper-V is free, and you get a lot of the solutions that you've got to pay tens of thousands of dollars for with... more»

What other advice do I have?

Don't knock Hyper-V until you actually try it. I get a lot of people from the tech community, saying things like, "Hahaha, you're on Hyper-V?"... more»
Greg Schulz
Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Jan 04 2017

What do you think of Hyper-V?

Happy 20th Birthday Windows Server, ready for Server 2016? In case you have not heard,  is celebrating the 20th birthday (or anniversary) of Windows Server.  has a nice site with info graphics and timelines of where Windows Server has been and accomplished over the past 20 years. Some of you may remember from 20 years ago Windows Server with a different name aka Windows NT Server. Back in the day, if you recall (or read), server requirements were more in the 33 MHz vs. 3.3GHz range, 32MB of RAM Memory vs. 32GB to 320GB, 150MB HDD vs. 150GB SSD or 1.5TB HDD. Keep in mind that 20 years ago Linux was a relative new thing with Red Hat not yet quite household or more specific enterprise name. The various Unix (e.g. IBM AIX, HP HP-UX, Sun Solaris, DEC Unix and Ultrix...
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it_user326982
Real User
Service Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this is the ability to provide a completely redundant hosted solution to our clients, no... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution allows us to use minimal resources to support a large number of clients.

What needs improvement?

One thing I would love to see with this product is the ability to provide an offline solution. It would be great if... more»

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

I wasn’t involved in the pricing or licensing, so I can’t really comment on it.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Before Hyper-V, we used VMware. At the time, VMware was difficult to manage, very expensive and not as reliable.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for virtual technology, Hyper-V continues to grow and improve. Being a Microsoft product, it’s the... more»
Dalean Barnett
Consultant
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The Failover Clustering feature allows us to be able to make our most critical workload highly available. We did not have to pay extra money for it. In Windows Servers 2016, there... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It comes with all the features and goodies inside the box, so you do not have to purchase anything else.

What needs improvement?

I think Microsoft has answered most of the concerns of users with the release of Server 2016. Now, they can hot add NICs to the VMs. However, there is still not the ability to hot... more»

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

Once we bought the datacenter version of the server, we did away with worrying about the cost of licensing our VMs separately.
Shabarinath Thekkemeppully Ramadasan
Consultant
Systems Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* Live migration * P2V * VM replica * Snapshots * VM export and import * Dynamic memory, etc. The advanced features, like Network Virtualization, have yet to be tested out, but I feel that they will be a game changer.

How has it helped my organization?

Hyper-V has become a real matured virtualization platform with Windows Server 2012 R2. The organization that I work for was having a virtualization environment on Windows Server 2008 R2. Since it was not optimally used due to the limitations... more»

What needs improvement?

SCVMM needs to be more user-friendly. Without SCVMM, automating is not easy to use and we look forward to the upcoming versions of SCVMM becoming simpler and more admin friendly.
reviewer930288
User
User at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Oct 16 2018

What is most valuable?

* Live motioning of VMs, which I consider to be a standard function. * When upgrading clusters from Windows Server 2012 to 2012 R2, we were able to live motion VMs from one cluster to another.

How has it helped my organization?

* It was our first step into virtualization around five years ago. * It allows for quick deployment of servers and workloads.

What needs improvement?

I would love to see other options for connecting VMs to large data storage. We have our cluster connected to a Dell EMC VNX (SAN). The Hyper-V nodes are on Cisco UCS blades, and everything is interconnected via fiber. I attempted to use a... more»
SystemsAd71f
Real User
Systems Architect at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 29 2017

What do you think of Hyper-V?

How has it helped my organization?: We built a private cloud with it. • What is most valuable?: Live migration, SMB3. • What needs improvement?: Storage via SMB3. • What do I think about the stability of the solution?: Yes. • What do I think about the scalability of the solution?: No. • How is customer service and technical support?: 6 • Which solutions did we use previously?: Previously used VMware. Switched due to cost. • How was the initial setup?: It was reasonably straightforward. • What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?: It's cheap, but not the best. • Which other solutions did I evaluate?: Vmware was better, but it was more expensive. • What other advice do I have?: Don’t use it for mission critical...
Lou Barsony
User
Head of IT Architecture and Design with 201-500 employees
May 22 2018

What do you think of Hyper-V?

What is our primary use case?: Providing development and test environments for risk management applications. A variety of standard images were created and could be applied as needed. • How has it helped my organization?: Hyper-V provided freedom to spin up development and test environments. As projects were created, an environment could be created and applied. • What is most valuable?: Reasonably easy to use. Snapshots could be prepared and deployed as a developer needed them. As well, environments could be disabled or removed. • What needs improvement?: It needs additional administration and monitoring capabilities. Status and availability became an issue and need.  • For how long have I used the solution?: Trial/evaluations only.

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What is Hyper-V?

Hyper-V is a native hypervisor for x86-64 systems, enabling platform virtualization. It is a Microsoft product that comes in two forms. One form is Hyper-V as a standalone product, known as Hyper-V Server (Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is the latest version). The other form is as a role to be installed in Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, or the x64 version of Window 8 Pro. No matter what form it takes, Hyper-V gives you the services and tools required to create a virtualized server environment.

Hyper-V creates a cost-effective, stable and productive server virtualization environment by running multiple operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and more, in parallel on one server.

Some of the business benefits of installing Hyper-V include:

  • Create a private cloud environment or expand an existing one.
  • Optimize hardware utilization and minimize resource consumption by consolidating servers in the form of virtual machines on one physical host.
  • Improvement of business continuity.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure creation or expansion.
  • Greater efficiency for test and development activities.

Hyper-V customers

Large customer base from all industries, all over the world. Two major Hyper-V customers are Telefonica and EmpireCLS.

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