Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RTM available for download

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RTM available for download

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You can grab it from here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=48359dd2-1c3d-4506-ae0a-232d0314ccf6

To recap, the new features of this release are:

  • Support for physical computers with up to 8 physical processors
  • Support for using up to 1TB of physical memory (virtual machines can use up to 64GB each)
  • Support for clustering
  • Support for live migration
  • Support for CPU Core Parking
    • Core Parking allows Windows and Hyper-V to consolidate processing onto the fewest number of possible processor cores, and suspends inactive processor cores.
  • Support for Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) in CPUs
    • On Intel processors this is called “EPT” while AMD calls it “NPT”. SLAT adds a second level of paging below the architectural x86/x64 paging tables in x86/x64 processors, providing an indirection layer from virtual machine memory access to the physical memory access.  In many virtualization scenarios, hardware based SLAT support can offer performance improvements.
  • Support for VMQ, Jumbo Frames and other optimizations on networking
  • The ability to hot add / remove SCSI virtual hard disks

Cheers,
Ben

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  • This is included in Windows Server 2008 R2, right? I believe it is...

  • Hi Don,

    no, Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a free product and not included in Windows Server 2008 R2. Don't mix it up with the Hyper-V-Role.

    You can find a comparison (and more details) here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/hyper-v-server/en/us/default.aspx

  • "The ability to hot add / remove SCSI virtual hard disks " Finally!

    It was major nuisance to shut down vm for adding disks.

  • Does this support (host OS) install to vhd? Any news on the thumbdrive install option?

  • Does it require Windows Server 2008 R2, or can it run on Windows 7?

  • '''Does it require Windows Server 2008 R2, or can it run on Windows 7?"

    Hyper-V Server is an operating system. It is essentially Server 2008 Core that only runs the Hyper-V role. Therefore it won't run on an operating system itself.

  • If anyone else was curious; yes this can be installed to a vhd. 10GB minimum.

  • Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is the product that is colloquially referred to as "Hyper-V 2.0", right?  The features seem to be the same that I've been reading about.

    Microsoft's already-confusing product naming is even worse for Hyper-V, which adopts Windows Server naming (the whole "R2" thing), but does not sim-ship with Windows Server.

    I am now totally confused about whether Windows Server 2008 R2 contains a role with the equivalent of Hyper-V R1, or Hyper-V R2.  Because, remember, Windows Server 2008 (R1) shipped with the Hyper-V Beta. (A beta in an RTM package!)

  • P.S. As I recall, SLAT will get rid of the performance problems with running high-performance Nvidia/ATI video drivers, correct?  Given the discussion that's taken place recently on this blog about this very issue, this should be highlighted more.

    P.P.S. This Intel/AMD dual-naming thing is getting ridiculous.  It used to be we knew what a technical term meant, and it was the same for all chips.  Then the lawyers and marketers had to ruin things.

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