Introducing Microsoft Hyper-V

Introducing Microsoft Hyper-V

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Today at Tech ED / IT FORUM in Barcelona we made a couple of important announcements:

  1. Windows Server virtualization in Windows Server 2008 (formerly codenamed 'Viridian') will have an official product name of 'Hyper-V'.  Love it or hate it - it is what we will use (personally - having known about this for a while now - I am quite comfortable with the new name).
  2. We have also announced the Server Virtualization Validation program - so that third party vendors can work to validate their server virtualization software running Windows Server 2008 and prior versions.
  3. Finally - we have announced pricing for Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V.

For the full run down - go here:


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  • Once again Microsoft marketing just can't speak English (or any language that humans can understand). So many versions, and still no idea what you get. What exactly does "one virtual license" mean? Does this mean I can only have one VM per server? And is the actual software included, or is that where the $28 comes in?

  • Roy, I think you mean virtual instance, not virtual license. Virtual instance means a running VM. A license for Windows Server Standard lets you run one instance,  Enterprise gives you four, and Datacenter gives you unlimited instances. Basically same terms as for Server 2003.

    From what I gather from articles, Hyper-V Server is a standalone offering of just the hypervisor and Server Core that OEMs can use to offer servers dedicated to virtualization.

  • Basically it's that the Hyper-V technology is x64-only. No support for it in the 32-bit operating systems. That's effectively why there are two editions. Also I think Microsoft are trying to avoid falling foul of the antitrust authorities (again) by saying OK, there's a monetary value on the standalone Hyper-V Server (of $28) and the difference between the versions of Windows Server with it and without is that same $28. Standalone Hyper-V Server is still Windows Server 2008 at its core, but only has the capability of running VMs, not actually performing any server tasks itself.

    In practice everyone will probably buy the 'with' edition. Pricing for this is the same as for the corresponding editions of Windows Server 2003 R2, except that Web Edition's gone up by $70.

    The 'virtual instances per license' covers how many guests you can create using that license, it has nothing to do with how many guests you can host.

  • So then I can imagine that MS will no longer allow or support Virtual Server or Virtual PC to run on W2K8?

  • HEre is an FAQ Page on Hyper-V.

    Does not seem like 2008 supports VIrtual Server.

    they have spun off a new solution from VS.

  • oops

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