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What's new with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2?

Hyper-V underwent a number of changes in the latest iteration of Windows Server to make it a worthy hypervisor contender; take a closer look here.

The release of Windows Server 2012 R2 included a number of new additions and capabilities. Microsoft delivered several improvements, including support for hybrid cloud deployments, enhancements to storage and the option of adding virtual machine portability.

Hyper-V also underwent some changes to make it a solid contender in the hypervisor market. Some of these changes include support for Linux VMs, the capability of building out private clouds and Generation 2 VMs. We'll highlight these changes in more detail and look at why your organization should explore running Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Advantages of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft's latest Windows Server version are good together, and there are five compelling arguments for why organizations should run Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.  Some of the reasons may even surprise you.

Linux VMs get a boost with Hyper-V

Organizations have always been able to run Linux in Hyper-V VMs, but Linux VMs never received support -- until now. New capabilities are available for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 to ease support for organizations running Linux VMs.

Using Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 to build out private clouds

There are four key advantages to using Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. Noteworthy additions include improvements in live migration performance as well as access to the Windows Azure Pack.

Decoding Generation 2 virtual machines

Microsoft's attempt to bring VM structure into the modern world comes in the form of Generation 2 VMs, offering changes to a structure that hasn't seen much in the way of innovation since Windows Server 2008.

Generation 2 VMs enhance Windows Server 2012 R2 storage

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V has the ability to create Generation 2 VMs, and they're supposedly more efficient than first generation VMs and include new capabilities, such as dynamic storage resizing as needed.

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This was first published in August 2014

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