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Exactly one year ago Jaap Wesselius and I decided to give our Hyper-V.nu site a new look and we started to combine our blogs. On April 1st, Peter Noorderijk and Maarten Wijsman joined the team and started writing their blogs for Hyper-V.nu. Jaap is primarily occupied with Exchange but writes an occasional blog. We all have busy jobs in IT and sometimes find it hard to find the time to not only do research but also write a good blog. Nevertheless we find blogging very rewarding.
Personally I have spent most of my time in the previous 8 months focusing on my new consultancy job at INOVATIV and writing my chapters for Microsoft Private Cloud Computing which will be released shortly after final release of System Center 2012. Expect the book to show up towards the end of May 2012. Now the majority of this work is finished I promise to start blogging again.
Even though our contributions have been minimal in the last few months, the site has received a very warm welcome from you. I am happy to share a few statistics with you.
In the past year Hyper-V.nu attracted over 180,000 visitors responsible for just under 500,000 pageviews. In the last months alone we have attracted 30,000 visitors with an average of 1,000 visitors per day.
The Hyper-V.nu team is very fortunate with this overwhelming interest from you. It is a sign that Hyper-V is picking up tremendously. Therefore – on behalf of the team – I’d like to thank you for your support!
Less than a week after availability of Windows 8 Customer Preview (client and server) we now have access to Hyper-V Server 8 Beta which is a single role version of Windows 8 Core with just Hyper-V enabled
You have probably read about the huge amount of improvements to Hyper-V in Windows 8 and it may sound odd that this same functionality is also available for free. As Aidan Finn pointed out in his blog, the cost is in the licensing of the guest operating system.
Some of the main features:
No processor/core limit on the Hyper-V host
160 Logical processors
2TB memory on the host
1TB memory per VM (without memory tax)
1024 VM’s per Hyper-V host
32 virtual processors per VM
Failover Cluster Support
Live Storage Migration
Shared Nothing Live Migration (without requiring shared storage)
RemoteFX with more monitors and resolutions
VMs on File Based Storage (SMB 2.2 Share on a Scale Out File Server)
Vendor independent NIC Teaming
Just to get a quick idea about the new version of Hyper-V Server 8, I installed it in a virtual machine on my Windows 8 Customer Preview client which also runs a full version of Hyper-V. Of course this is not a supported configuration but can serve well for limited testing purposes as I have done while writing my chapters for Microsoft Private Cloud Computing. Although the installation experience was much like its predecessor Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1, it installed mighty fast!
If you have a server with plenty of memory, you could easily simulate a 64-node cluster. But remember that although you are able to create VM’s, you CANNOT start these VM’s.
Here is how you enable the Failover Clustering feature in PowerShell:
If you want to read more about how to install Hyper-V Server 8 beta on real hardware and how to tap its power through PowerShell, read this blog by Matthijs van Seldam:
Download location Hyper-V Server 8 beta:
Download location Windows Server 8 beta: