Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Key Features Overview

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a stand-alone product that provides a reliable and optimized virtualization solution enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs.

Below are summary of new features in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2:

Live migration enables customers to move running virtual machines from one host to another without service interruptions.

Failover clustering enable support for unplanned downtime.

– Supported up to 8-socket systems and up to 64 cores processor.

– Supported memory up to 1 TB of RAM on a physical system.

BitLocker support to encrypt Hyper-V Server so that even if it is stolen and hard disks are removed, the data is still safe because it’s encrypted.

Live Backup support for Volume Shadow Services so that it can provide Live Backup of running virtual machines without downtime.

– Virtual Machine Snapshots

Updated Server Configuration tool called Server Configuration tool (SConfig.cmd) to simplify the most common configuration tasks such as configure initial settings without having to type command-line strings. Server Configuration tool included in Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and in the Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 R2. There are two configuration options only when you run Server Configuration tool on a server running Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 which are an option to have Server Configuration tool start automatically every time you log on to Hyper-V Server with Administrator account or an option to configure failover clustering.

You can refer to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 datasheet and whitepaper for more detail.

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