Microsoft Hyper-V Server is available as a free download

Ok, here it is, the free Hypervisor from Microsoft that will try to compete with VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008.

The download is almost 1 GB in size so if you feel like giving it a try this is the link:

A couple of things to take into account from the FAQ page:

Q: Is it possible to “upgrade” a Microsoft Hyper-V Server to Windows Server 2008?

A: No. Microsoft Hyper-V Server and Windows Server 2008 are different products. To migrate from a Microsoft Hyper-V Server environment to a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environment, export the virtual machines from Hyper-V Server, install Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, enable the Hyper-V role and import the virtual machines.

Q: Does Microsoft Hyper-V Server include high availability (failover clustering) capabilities for unplanned downtime?

A: No. If high availability is a customer requirement, then we recommend using Windows Server 2008 Enterprise or Datacenter Editions which include integrated failover clustering support.

Q: Can you use PowerShell locally with Microsoft Hyper-V Server?

A: No. PowerShell is not included with Microsoft Hyper-V Server. However, if you use System Center Virtual Machine Manager you can use PowerShell remotely to manage a Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

Q: Does Microsoft Hyper-V Server use a parent partition like Windows Server 2008 with the Hyper-V role enabled?

A: Yes. Microsoft Hyper-V Server shares some things in common with Windows Server 2008 with the Hyper-V role enabled including a common kernel and drivers.

When to use Hyper-V Server 2008?

  • Test and Development
  • Basic Server Consolidation
  • Branch Office Consolidation
  • Hosted Desktop Virtualization (VDI)

Also, you can access the Technical Resources page here.

Posted by Gabriel Maciel

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