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Hyper-V review by Robert S.
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"Great VMware Alternative"

What do you like best?

The Windows client edition of Hyper-V comes as a feature so it's easy to get up and running quickly. This makes it great for spinning up test environments locally if you have a system that can handle it.

For Windows Server 2012/2016, the number of PowerShell commands coupled with System Center Virtual Machine Manager makes it much easier to manage servers. Running Linux VMs on Server 2016 has been very easy with no issues.

What do you dislike?

The client edition does not play nicely when mapping a virtual switch to an adapter. This is not obvious out of the box and can cause a lot of frustration.

For the server side, the initial setup of the hosts was much more time consuming than installing an ESXi host. The System Center Virtual Machine Manager is also inferior to VMware vSphere. My colleagues and I find ourselves using Failover Cluster Manager more than the VMM console because it's just not that great to work with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It can almost do everything VMware can do at this point and it was improved much over the years. If you have a more advanced setup, Hper-V might not do everything you need, however.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In order to save on costs we have switched to Hyper-V. It is definitely much cheaper with almost the same functionality.

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Hyper-V review by Aaron P.
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"Powerful but clunky"

What do you like best?

Functionality is built-in to Windows Server 2012 and 2016, as well as Windows 10 Pro - so need to purchase a separate VM solution. It integrates with Windows Server Backup very nicely, making it very easy to backup a VM. Since Hyper-V functions as a server software, can manage multiple VM's hosted on multiple physical machines from a central location.

What do you dislike?

Initial setup can be clunky, and Microsoft's documentation, while vast, can be quite dense. Attaching physical hard disk to a VM, either internally or externally, is a lot more complicated compared to other VM solutions (specifically VMware's offerings). Compressing a virtual disk image (vhdx) can be a lesson in frustration as the compression doesn't always succeed. Support for non-Windows OS' is very weak - it will work with Linux, but drivers are weak. GPU performance for VM's is pretty awful, which leads into Hyper-V is primarily focused on hosting server OS' and is not designed for consumers in mind.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For the most part, Hyper-V meets virtualization needs. It is not as feature rich or as powerful as VMware vsphere or similar solutions, but being built directly into Windows is a major, major plus.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hyper-V is being used to virtualize a number of different servers, including a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller, a Linux Debian machine hosting an open source library management server called Koha, and a Windows 10 machine used for remote Quickbooks access. Benefits are multi-fold - being able to run multiple virtual machines on one physical machine cuts cost significantly. The ability to backup the entirety of a VM - system, applications and all - makes restoring in catastrophic scenarios much less painful. Having a central place to manage the various VM - even if spread across multiple physical machines, make monitoring and maintaining them much easier.

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Hyper-V review by Cameron S.
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"One of the most user-friendly virtualization apps"

What do you like best?

Comes stock with Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, and Education. Easy to use, easy to change system resource allocation. Even people that aren't "professionals" can easily spin-up their own virtual servers. If you need a very specific environment created, Hyper-V allows virtual creation with very specific options.

What do you dislike?

Does not work with Windows 10 Home. Checkpoints can sometimes corrupt vhd. Has never happened to me, but I've seen reviews.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate all options thoroughly. If you are setting up a bare-bones server, you may want to consider ESXI. But for ease of use, it doesn't get much better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows you to spin-up a virtual machine within minutes. Need another terminal for testing, especially in a legacy environment? Done.

Hyper-V review by Michael J.
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"Why pay more for a solid Virtual Environmnet"

What do you like best?

HyperV has been a work in progress over the years, but they have really gotten to a great place with Windows Server 2012R2 HyperV and High Availability. They have added many noticable features in recent releases such as Shared Local Disk for HA & Live Migration for Virtual Storage Manager as well as Virtual Machine Migrations to different Hardware.

What do you dislike?

There isnt as much visibility to what it is doing or status when it is merging or performing other task processes. Live Setting changes to the guest Vms would also be a nice Addition.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Extremely urge you to use this, to limit your costs but also make your environment easier to manage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Recently we have needed to Migrate a CORE Oracle DB to a new ISCSI SAN (Bigger and Faster). Previously we would have needed to schedule a downtime and move a 3TB Database Server. With this new functionality, which we are still testing but looks great, we can migrate this core DB VM to a New SAN and New HyperV Hosts in Server 2012R2. This is huge to the business objectives for our large Radiology Practice! No Downtimes!

Hyper-V review by Eric B.
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"Virtualization Made Easy"

What do you like best?

It's an out-of-the-box solution for small businesses who need to run multiple servers for line-of-business or infrastructure, but want to limit their hardware expenditures.

The command-line interface on the Hyper-V front end is secure; the MMC plug-in and HyperV Manager Interface are easy to use.

What do you dislike?

The limit of two virtual machine licenses per install. If you're not experienced with command-line interface or PowerShell it can be a bit daunting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try. Microsoft will give you 120-day trial so you can take a test-drive and kick the tires before spending money on hardware, additional licensing and

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have two small satellite offices that we use HyperV in for running a shipping program that's not compatible with Server 2012 on one VM and a DC/DNS/DHCP server on the other virtual machine. We have two servers set up the same, so we have two DCs in the event of a hardware failure on one server. The second VN on the second server is powered off but is a replica of the Shipping server.

Hyper-V review by Simón S.
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" excellent virtualization tool"

What do you like best?

In general, it seems to me a tool that allows to generate servers in record time.

What do you dislike?

For me it is an excellent tool, the only thing is to be constant in the backups to the virtualized servers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend it for being a software that although at the beginning you should learn and adapt in the immediate future will allow you to do things faster and easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Ability to perform live migrations

2. Private cloud environment

Hyper-V review by Jeremy G.
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"Fully capable, free, but you get what you pay for"

What do you like best?

Everyone gravitates to Hyper-V because of one thing; cost. It's free. And to be fair, it is fully and completely capable of running a virtual environment. We ran an entire small business system on it for a number of years. It generally just worked fine, with the occasional hiccup.

What do you dislike?

We were a few versions behind the curve, still running on a 2008R2 server, so many of my dislikes no longer apply. I've been told Server 2012 added basics like being able to reclaim space on thin provisioned volumes, which was lacking in 2008. Our particular environment was a pain to set up, with lots of little pitfalls to watch out for. Like a single hanging blank space at the end of the name of a nic can cause it to fail kind of nonsense.

I can't fault Microsoft since most of the headache we had setting it up was HP's fault, and issues with the Lefthand SANs. Though to HPs credit, once you convince the first-level phone support at HP-INDIA to let you speak to a real tech they know their stuff.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you can't afford VMware's offering, it's worth trying out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were ready for a major hardware update of 16+ physical servers. After looking at the cost of new hardware vs. the cost of a future-proofed cluster of beefy servers that you could run a space program on, the space program ended up being very cost-comparative. Plus now we get to be all virtual now. We're part of the cool kids club.

Hyper-V review by Donovon C.
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"In a Windows World, Hyper-V is the best way to Scale"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V gives you the ability to scale your systems while keeping your hardware budget at a reasonable number. Running multiple VMs on as few as a single physical VM host with the ability to specify different networks for each node - the options and features really changed how infrastructure works in modern data centers.

What do you dislike?

The Managing multiple hosts in a cluster is a bit confusing, especially when RDPing. GUI could be a bit more intuitive. Powershell scripting within a cluster also get's confusing, or I just didn't spend enough time navigating the documentation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pull the trigger and enjoy the savings.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Physical infrastructure costs have been greatly reduced. Having multiple Development environments on one laptop. The ability to scale at will is incredibly freeing.

Hyper-V review by Kevin M.
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"Deployed hyper v for customers"

What do you like best?

It is fairly easy to setup and install. Running windows gives it great integration with Active Directory and power shell. It also allows you to run anti virus on it too. The live storage migration and better networking are good. Love that it can be installed on a server core to reduce footprint and resources. Also the licensing for hyper v can make it more attractive then VMware

What do you dislike?

Management can be a tricky thing. the MMC console is hard to get going with if you are not on the same domain or work group as the server. It is generally not great to to bind the hyper visor to a domain in a small environment because the host would need resources from a guest to function. Features are less then what VMware offers but it has the essentials. It also has less support from 3rd party appliances which are ported to VMware first and hyper v later.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With the 2016 version coming out they are really closing the gap with VMware. The features are becoming closer in sync with each other and it is gaining more market share which should help with some 3rd party appliances

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to reduce number of physical servers. Trying to leverage virtualization to help us scale better

Hyper-V review by J B.
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"Good hypervisor for development and general purpose"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V is easy to use and is integrated well with Windows Server. Recent releases have improved support for non-Microsoft operating systems and for containerization.

What do you dislike?

VMWare got far ahead in virtualization, and in many ways Hyper-V still suffers that history.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Organizations should carefully compare Hyper-V and VMWare for production workloads according to their needs. Hyper-V tends to be less expensive and fully adequate for all other workloads.

Hyper-V also provides a smoother transition from on-premise to cloud hosting. In particular, migrating from on-premise Hyper-V to Azure hosting is quick and reliable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We primarily use Hyper-V for development and testing purposes. The most significant benefits involve time savings of switching between environment, rolling back changes, etc.

Hyper-V review by Tomas L.
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"Product that allows to switch between and manage different development environments."

What do you like best?

It does help to achieve all of these things at ease:

Managing multiple virtual machines.

Importing/export them.

Create checkpoints, backups.

Ability to enable dynamic memory on the selected machine, alternate between dynamic and fixed memory.

Control the amount of virtual processors, limit processor usage.

Setting up and modifying hard drive size, ability to use dynamic sized HDD.

What do you dislike?

I have been using this software for over an year and thus far did not ran into any annoyances.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're running a software development process that requires multiple different on premises environments either at the same time, or if you need to switch between them quickly, hyper V helps to achieve the required result really quickly and easily.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using different development environments, quickly switching between them, creating checkpoints resuming previous state before executing experimental operations.

Hyper-V review by Joshua H.
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"Great Potential which gets better with every release"

What do you like best?

It's integrated into our existing environment, making the jump to virtualization far less painless. Also the tight integration with Azure for on the fly scalability is great for shops with a lot of temporary needs.

What do you dislike?

If Microsoft ever plans to bump VMware, which would be very difficult to do, there focus needs to be on enriching the management experience for IT people while being mindful of creating overhead. SCM VMM is a nice tool, and so is the Hyper V manager, but in contrast to the concise interface you get with vCenter, Microsoft's offering is deficient in many ways. Also, while MS has a wealth of learning for core installations, the leap for an IT pro to move from the GUI environment to operating a server core installation is jarring, leading most people just 'kicking the tires' on Hyper V, to do so on a non core install of Windows, thus incorrectly drawing the conclusion that esxi significantly outperforms Hyper V. In reality, sever core is closing the performance gap with esxi in every new version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate Hyper V using a server core install, otherwise, you're comparing apples and oranges.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Consolidation of physical hardware using a platform readily available and baked in to our existing infrastructure.

Hyper-V review by Matthew G.
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"Free and Capable Virtual Server Manager for Small or Mid-sized Companies"

What do you like best?

It is free from Microsoft with Windows Server 2008 R2 and higher versions. It is also free as a stand alone server product as Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. It is easy to install as a role with in traditional Windows Server operating systems. It is easy to manage existing machines and deploy new machines. It also provides a great introduction to virtual machines and infrastructure with less chance of a irreversible mistake.

What do you dislike?

Since Hyper-V is running on top of Windows, there is significant over head from Windows Server and it's processes. As opposed to VMWare's ESX offerings and other competitors that are running on a much less footprint Linux operating environment. Hyper-V also has significantly less monitoring and other tools compared to the at cost VMWare ESX offerings.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a good choice for small to medium size companies on a budget. However, due to it's limitations and the over head from running on Windows, if you have the budget you should go with something Linux based like ESX.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our IT department supports a sister company of our parent company, they are too small for their own IT department. Due to their budget, they use Hyper-V for their designated virtual server. It is run on a Dell PowerEdge T610 server and currently runs 5-6 machines without issue. The Dell machine is dual-process and has 96GB of memory.

One highly spec'd server has replaced at least five physical servers which has reduced their energy consumption not just by the servers and their power usage, but also through reduced cooling costs.

Hyper-V review by Brandon J.
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"Perfect stock solution when you need multiple virtual consoles on one server. "

What do you like best?

Ease of changing resources between the virtual and physical machines. If I need more resources assigned to one VM, it was fairly easy to reassign those resources.

Everything runs seamlessly. Made 2 manage is running on a virtual machine while the physical machine serves as a backup PDC.

What do you dislike?

I didn't do the initial setup, so I haven't ran into anything I haven't liked.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great virtualization software. Meets our needs for hosting Made 2 Manage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a new server for Made 2 Manage and this was how our server provider suggested we setup the system. Running M2M on a virtual server using Hyper V.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Good virtualization platform for running multiple environments wtih low overhead"

What do you like best?

Sharing of resources is invaluable, simple to use and being able to create multi environments on one piece of hardware gives smaller businesses a realized savings.

Ease of use also is something that makes this a go-to product, it really couldn't be easier.

What do you dislike?

Snapshots are very large in size and while doing a migration additional disk space becomes scarce.

Management console could have more functionality. Requires additional software like Microsoft system center virtual machine manager to do more with it.

Otherwise a great product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product if you already use Windows Server. Good for small - medium enterprise.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cut down on the number of physical servers deployed realizing a high cost savings and making maintenance much simpler and quicker.

Makes quickly ramping up servers seamless. No more physical hardware to worry about.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"Hyper-V is very useful."

What do you like best?

It is built into Windows Server Operating Systems and has a very easy learning experience. It is very capable and I have not had to consider other virtualization software as a result.

What do you dislike?

It is still fairly new and therefore not as feature-rich as its competitors.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you use Windows Server Operating Systems for your business, then you might as well give Hyper-V a shot, as it is a built-in feature and enabling it is easy. There is no additional cost to your company if you already have an existing Windows Server machine onsite already. It is very easy to get a VM going and other users can easily manage them as well remotely by installing the manager. It is easy to save snapshots of the VMs and restore back into them.

Hyper-V has matured over the years and can now easily stand above other virtualization products. However, the main kicker for management is cost and since Hyper-V is less expensive than other comparable products, they will likely agree to giving it a go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hyper-V has allowed us to easily create test environments virtually without using up other physical devices.

Hyper-V review by Long N.
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"Hyper-V is useful for creating a workspace for applications that need older software"

What do you like best?

The ease of creating a VM is wonderful. It allows our users to use Internet Explorer 8 because some specific software requires Internet Explorer 8 or less. The ability to have multiple virtual environments without the use of additional hardware taking up physical desk space is great. Using it with Windows 10 virtual desktops and using the CTRL-Win-arrow key shortcut makes it feel like you are using a KVM switch connected to multiple machines.

What do you dislike?

Hyper-V would be more useful if we could use Linux images as well. It works well enough for any Windows environments, however the VHD's are quite large, so make sure if you are running multiple Hyper-V environments that you have a large hard drive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definately useful and worth a try if you need to create a virtual environment for older software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Hyper-V to allow users that need older software like Internet Explorer 8 to have access to both environments. This is useful because we don't need to buy additional hardware and take up physical space either.

Hyper-V review by Robin A.
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"One of the most powerful virtualization tool"

What do you like best?

The integration with Windows Server operative system provides one of the most stability in the industry, also the resources administration turns easy with this program.

You can easily change available resources between the virtual hosts and clone or backup the virtual machines.

What do you dislike?

With Hyper-V, you are only presented with the option to adjust the resolution in display properties on the VM with standard resolutions. With others brands, you can drag the corner of the screen and size to virtually any custom size. Also transferring files needs an improvement for easily access between hiper-v server and virtual machines, or between virtual machines.

Recommendations to others considering the product

consider the minimum requirements to this system to run, available only at Windows server 2008 and up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Server monitoring and administration, physical space saving, energy saving, efficient use of resources, servers fast availability and maintenance, save on licensing costs compared with the others brands on the market, Microsoft will also provide better support for its server applications if they run on Hyper-V rather than third-party virtualization platforms.

Hyper-V review by Sahil S.
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"Great tool which is improving with every release"

What do you like best?

We are shifting to Virtualization and HyperV makes it very easy to do that. It integrates with our current environment and have very good integrations with other Microsoft services that we use.

What do you dislike?

I think it doesn't quite work with large scale infrastructures. You can start with small servers. Configuration and management is very complex and takes a lot fo time as compared to alternatives. On the other side, it provides little administrative powers on the virtual machine side.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IT. Set up small virtual servers for various demonstrations where a virtualization platform is required. Free HyperV version doesn't provide all of the capabilities as compared to alternatives but it was enough for us.

Hyper-V review by Darwin F.
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"Hyper-V"

What do you like best?

An excellent virtualization tool that comes integrated within the windows platform that allows to deploy quickly and very complete solutions of vilturalziacion at all scales

What do you dislike?

For most of the processes of integration, you require the visual center of the liquids, which makes it more expensive at the granddes solutions level.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They should have more efficient tools to create virtual solutions from physical equipment

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We virtualize the servers of the company, maintaining the same payment for licenses, which represents a great advantage in relation to costs

Hyper-V review by Alex S.
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"Hyper V review"

What do you like best?

I like that Hyper V comes included with Windows 2012 R2. I find that out of all the virtualization software out in the market. This one is probably the easiest to use. You don't need to be an expect to set up or create a virtual machine. The amount of online content on how to use and set up virtual machine is a huge plus. The biggest plus about this virtualization software is the cost. Its free and included with Microsoft 2012 R2

What do you dislike?

To host one or two virtual servers in a small environment. This software will do the job but on larger infrastructures this isn't the ideal solution. The management of the resources is a lot more work to manage compared to the other vendors. Limited administration on the virtual machine side.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your company is looking to virtualize and not have any up front cost and you already have Windows 2012 R2 you can implement without any additional cost. Maybe just additional hardware to support the VM's

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualizing servers for small offices is the ideal solutions with Hyper V. Since you are not only getting Windows 2012 R2 plus another servers and licensing makes it very practical and cost effective.

Hyper-V review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Hyper V - One of best ways to virtualize Microsoft"

What do you like best?

I really like how it share resources, how a single hardware can split to several systems and get small systems doing small tasks without overwhelm a single system, works great as for small environments like larger ones, always keeping track of resources, performance, etc. And pretty simple.

What do you dislike?

Not much at all I would say, I really love how it is, maybe need some improve about how export from vmdk to vhd ( or I need a bit more of training) to make processes works better, but to be honest there's nothing that I really hate significantly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not many, just improve migration processes and snapshots proccesses which tend to fill up the drives.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Usually this come to cover the need of handle many physical servers in only one, it save importantly charges of power, maintenance, save space in the data center, makes also secure the network becuase you will have only a single HW instead many.

Hyper-V review by Ying Kit L.
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

The uses of Hyper V makes it easier if you hold a 64 Bit Windows Operating Systems. I normally use this to provide demonstration in my lesson and also for self exploration in the IT industry.

What do you dislike?

Only dislike I have is the layout of the Hyper-V Manager. It needs refurbishment to enhance the look of the user experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I thoroughly like the features of Hyper-V. It is easy to set up and the tools are available to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IT Industry. Setting up Virtual Servers for demonstration. The benefits that I have realised is I am using this particular software for work purposes and support my peers in learning IT.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Solid solution for SMB; Even Enterprise"

What do you like best?

The Hyper-V replica feature has show itself as one of my favorite features Microsoft added into Hyper-V. On more than one occasion it has proven itself reliable and effective. On top of the fact that I have been deploying my Hyper-V solutions with Cisco 10 Gbps switching, the solution is near flawless when designed and executed properly.

What do you dislike?

Recently ran into an issue with Unplanned Failover, and the first Host didn't attempt to detect if its replica server was already running before starting the original VM up. It didn't cause too much trouble, but it would seem like a natural check that a system aware of itself being replication would check for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for cluster solutions, replication solutions or just an easier way to do virtualization, Hyper-V has definitely proven itself. I work with both vmWare and Hyper-V, and no amount of bells and whistles from vmWare would make me stop deploying Hyper-V solutions for my customers. Especially those that dont have million dollar budgets for vmWare type DR designs. Hyper-V consistently and reliably supports major workloads and you wont be disappointed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many of our clients refuse to go into the cloud, and want to continue with a reliable on-premise solution, and Hyper-V 2012 and Hyper-V 2016 have shown themselves to do that. The ability to failover customer sites to a secondary data closet in the same building, same rack, or distance remote office just makes replica the way to go.

Hyper-V review by William Q.
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"Great alternative to VMWare and KVM virtualization solutions"

What do you like best?

It integrates well into the Microsoft ecosystem of software that most people are using at work and at home. I can transfer virtual machines between my personal computer, and dedicated Hyper-V servers, and pretty much anything else that runs Windows.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of things that aren't supported with Hyper-V. Things like hardware pass through, and memory deduplication.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The free version that Microsoft provides is a great way to get started. You can also run Hyper-V on Windows desktop computers to try it out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have a few physical servers, but need to run many different services like an Active Directory domain server, and a RADIUS server. Hyper-V lets me do this in a way that's very flexible.

Hyper-V review by Daniel B.
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"Hyper-V view"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V is a great solution for Microsoft AD networks. Cost is minimal. Using built in tools along with the option to setup and use replication between hosts can be a life saver.

Especially when utilizing older hardware.

What do you dislike?

Not as smooth as VMware Vcenter. But SSVMM provides enterprise level clouds management tools

Recommendations to others considering the product

Carefully plan implementation. Keep in mind replica’s and library resources needed for replicating and running on additional separate hardware.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to utilize older hw I can extend current hw investments.

Hyper-V review by Administrator
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"Can't beat the price, management and resource monitoring needs work"

What do you like best?

The price. I switched (reluctantly and begrudgingly) our hosts from VMware to Hyper-V to save massive amounts of money and haven't really regretted it yet. It lacks some features (robust management and resource monitoring) one would consider essential for a large enterprise, but there are 3rd party apps out there that fill the void, albeit not free ones. I like that I can do replication between hosts/clusters without any additional licensing.

What do you dislike?

I don't like not knowing at a glance how many resources are being collectively used by the guests. I really miss that from VMware.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Very low-cost alternative to VMware. I won't expound upon the benefits of virtualization, anyone considering Hyper-V should be aware of them.

Hyper-V review by Jim B.
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"Effective and easy-to-use virtualization"

What do you like best?

Tight integration with Windows ecosystem.

Decent management tools

Free versions include replication and failover

What do you dislike?

Free edition can be a bit awkward to manage outside a domain environment.

Replication sometimes breaks without obvious cause.

Failed or complete backups sometimes leave orphan avhd files that can be awkward to locate and remove.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Find a free or low-cost virtualization solution that's easier to manage, support and backup than vmware. I achieved all these objectives; VM backup is trivial using VSS and windows tools.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Education Management
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"Cost-effective Virtualization Platform for School Districts"

What do you like best?

We do not have to pay extra for any licensing, since we currently have a Microsoft agreement. Even without the agreement, the cost is much lower than the other platform we reviewed. Easy to manage, stable and works well with many operating systems, not just Microsoft.

What do you dislike?

Not all products are compliant with Hyper-V, but we have found that software that isn't compatible with usually still work even if it is unsupported.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great alternative with new improvements with the updated versions of Windows Server.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had about 15 aging servers, costing as much as our annual budget to replace. Also the room was difficult to keep cool in the summer in an older building. Virtualization eliminated a majority of the heat and also maintenance.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Research
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"Great, but still some hiccups"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V makes deploying Windows VM's super easy and straightforward, especially when operating at the scale we do (100-10000 VM's deployed at a time). I have used XenCenter before, and it just doesn't compare to this product. I also really like that it is compatible with both Windows and Linux, which makes it possible to not have to use a product like VMWare or Virtualbox in conjunction with this.

What do you dislike?

I don't particularly like the way networking is done when setting up many VM's, but that seems to be a rough point with many existing services (Docker, VMWare, Virtualbox, etc.). I wish this was easier. It could be more straightforward with Hyper-V.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just be sure to follow the documentation provided to a tee! Also, be wary about the networking setup if you are deploying many machines. The documentation is pretty straightforward; however, it is worth noting that there is an excess of external documentation as well that you can look up, though not as much for services like VMWare.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're using it to deploy anywhere from 100-1000 Windows VM's at a time for the purposes of a software testbed, and it works extremely well for this. Other solutions don't handle the intricacies of Windows OSs as well.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Our company uses hyper-v for our dev network"

What do you like best?

I love hyper-v replication feature it is easy to set up and use. The fact that it is available without extra cost is also a big win for our company. Hyper-v without System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) is like ESXI without Vsphere. However there are many things you can use for the base hyper-v application for.

What do you dislike?

The worst part of hyper-v is if you don't join it to a domain. Without AD the hyper-v is very difficult to manage. As the best option is to install the bare metal hypervisor connecting to it when it is not on a domain creates a hassle to manage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would suggest this over vmware to anyone using this product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this application as hypervisor to run virtual machines

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Getting better...from the first releases to current, its really grown!"

What do you like best?

We have always been a primarily vmware shop. We are a gold partner with Microsoft so it is available free to us. after trying out the first HyperV when released we decided it would not make sense to run our infrastructure on it. so it was disregarded as a solution until windows 2012 come out. We had revisited with much amazement sat the improvements that have been done. It now has been running almost 2 years in out staging environment and has been fairly solid.

What do you dislike?

not much so far. just waiting for next version to see if it is any better with any added functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have used the older Hyper-V versions...its some a long way!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Runs all pre production servers for our developers.

Hyper-V review by Brad P.
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"Gets the job done, but a few missing features"

What do you like best?

Easy to set up and configure virtual machines. Speed is pretty good. Never had any problems with crashing.

What do you dislike?

- Client machines cannot connect to host machine's USB ports

- Cannot easily copy/paste from host machine to client machine

- "Management bar" (bar with name, minimize, close, etc.) doesn't stay pinned after closing and re-opening a virtual machine

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have to stick with Microsoft products, this will get the job done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work for a software company - I need a virtual machine to run different versions/configurations of our software to support customers with different setups and to do testing.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"A contender for those on a budget"

What do you like best?

For what a small business will need to accomplish with scaling down a physical onprem/hosted server farm, it's a great solution. If your end result is needing to maximize the usage of your storage space/budget with your servers, Hyper-V is a winner.

What do you dislike?

It's still not near the robust feature set that it's competitors are hitting. When I need a rock solid VM plan that includes fault tolerance and a V-Switch that covers hundreds of servers without a headache, I still reach to other solutions.

I also hate that I don't have the ability to properly break down control to individuals to control their specific resources within a management page without significant work. I should be able to allow people to reassign/review their assigned resources across a cluster without having to give them ease of visibility to others.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You need to review other solutions on the market before confirming Hyper-V, especially if you have more then 3 servers within a cluster. I've found management on a large scale to be troublesome.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hyper V fits the mold for our clients that are not used to managing other competitors products using their in-house IT teams. It allow for virtualization within a Microsoft shop, and allowing our partners to leverage additional support from Microsoft at no cost with their SA licensing.

The biggest benefit is the scale down of the physical on-prem servers we have, without investing significant money into additional software that generally can be out of budget, and not implementing a free solution that is either watered down/comes with no support.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Insurance
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"It isn't VMware"

What do you like best?

The new feature that allows you to send commands that are processed directly into memory from the host server. This is huge.

What do you dislike?

There are a lot of features that VMware had that you are starting to incorporate into HyperV now. I dislike how long it takes for a company as large as MS to get a working product. I'd love to be 100% Microsoft, but that is nearly impossible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use HyperV for a few items that do not play as nicely on VMware. Mostly the DBAs complained about not having it, so we set it up for them. It is a great way to virtualize machines, but not as good as VMware.

Hyper-V review by Stan D.
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"Hyper-V good for small companies with Windows 2012R2 based infrastructure"

What do you like best?

it gives possibility to create virtual infrastructure in one server and utilize HW more sufficient.

What do you dislike?

Management console and functionality are not so great and convenient in comparison with VMWare/Citrix XenServer products. requires Microsoft system center virtual machine manager deployed on windows server based platform and configured to provide more functionality such as virtual machine migration, HA etc. Performs level2 virtualization.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Deploy Hyper-V in case if there is no possibility to utilize better hypervisors available on the market with more functionality included.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As hypervisor provides better HW utilization and ability to run many virtual servers (depends on memory capacity) on one physical server/host.

Hyper-V review by Rick P.
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"Hyper V is Satisfactory"

What do you like best?

Hyper V was super easy to set up. Once I had the server ready I was literally up and going in a few hours.

What do you dislike?

There isn't as much to to as VMWare. VMWare is more robust and feels like a much better product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would consider VMWare if you can afford it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed to get some older physical servers out of my environment.

Hyper-V review by Shawn K.
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"Why not Hyper V"

What do you like best?

I found it easy to setup and use. I am currently in the process of converting 90% of our server into our Hyper V environment. It has been stable and the performance has been beyond my expectations. It is a solid alternative to VMWare.

What do you dislike?

I really don't have any dislikes about the product. One thing I could see some improving on is a better in box tool for doing P2V conversions. I have found ways to get things to work but it is a little cumbersome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Better and Easier HA setup configurations. Better P2V tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Decreasing our rack foot print, power consumption, cooling cost, and hardware cost.

Hyper-V review by Executive Sponsor in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"Stable Hypervisor"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V is an affordable rock solid hyper-visor that is easy to use. Moving virtual machines from host to host is easy and we have done so multiple times. We have over two dozen virtual machines hosted on Hyper-V, of which half is for production use. We haven't had an outage in over three years. Great product.

What do you dislike?

Hyper-V have minimal management capabilities. When compared to other products like vmware, it lacks the ability to manage multiple VMs which makes the application of patches easier. It could also use load balancing features which other products support out of the box.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely one of the top contenders.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problem we are solving is to use virtualization to get maximum utility out of our hardware (i.e. multiple virtual machines from a few physical hosts)

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"Fairly easy to use, but not the best enterprise solution "

What do you like best?

To setup a simple vm it's beautiful. Configuring vlans is a breeze. Adding disk is a breeze.

Ability to interact programmatically with powershell is great!

What do you dislike?

Not great tools for monitoring true disk usage when using thin provisioning. When wanting to do more advanced features like putting your vms in the cloud, it's pretty ugly and they have multiple layers of software that can be very confusing... Don't even think about using the hyper-v tools when you should be using the "failover" clustering tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to virtualize our datacenters has huge benefits, one big one being able to move a server from one host to another for planned outages to minimize downtime. Another being able to quickly recovery from hardware errors by booting vm up on another host in seconds.

Hyper-V review by Rod M.
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"Great product and getting better"

What do you like best?

If you're a Microsoft shop this product is solid, dependable and plugs into Azure quite easily. The price point on this product compared with other virtualization technologies is also much better.

In terms of usability, this product is intuitive, easy to use and is a great way to manage your organization's VMs.

What do you dislike?

Perfect solution for small to medium size business right now, but not as feature rich as vSphere.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows your organization to centrally and easily manage all of your VMs all within one pane of glass, while making you ready to move your work loads into the cloud.

Hyper-V review by Jim H.
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"How did I ever live without this?"

What do you like best?

easy to spin up a clean system for testing and then blow it away completely without having to rebuild from scratch.

What do you dislike?

Setting up iscsi connections across vswitch is kludgey and you never feel confident that it's working the way its supposed to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

it's free. Careful with the v-switch settings, keep configuration of network cards simple.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Testing, virtualizing servers- makes management, backup and recovery and upgrades a snap and relatively risk free

Hyper-V review by User
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"Hyper-V is awesome"

What do you like best?

The best product for windows server virtualization as it allows you for multiple instances virtualized servers without interrupting the physical hardware

What do you dislike?

The only downfall of this software is it only available for the windows server base

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should use Hyper-V for virtualization as it already built in to Windows Server and it will save a lot of money for buying the virtualization device

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hyper-V is the ideal virtualization tool for the windows server base as it is already built in and cost effective as you don't need to purchase another virtualization device

Hyper-V review by Administrator
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"Cost Effective and Excellent Functionality"

What do you like best?

Provides very good efficiency and it helps consolidate heavy workloads while improving server utilization and reducing costs. Provides several features to help better manage your servers. Runs on Windows and can greatly help with licensing costs. I currently use it on several servers and so far everything is running smooth.

What do you dislike?

I have not really at the moment found any dislikes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This will greatly help with management of your servers while providing excellent efficiency. You have to at least try it out yourself to experience it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is very easy to use and helps share physical servers without any problems.

Hyper-V review by Akhiyar A.
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"Hyper-V"

What do you like best?

Windows managed, simple GUI, easy replication and snapshots. Easy monitoring system performance.

What do you dislike?

Snapshot manager/tree is not clear as to which snapshot is being used or which is being deleted.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving by moving any physical server to virtual very easily.

Hyper-V review by Vincent C.
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"Great hypervisor!!! "

What do you like best?

Its built into windows and no additional licenses are needed to run VM's.

What do you dislike?

It dosent have the tool and reporting like VMware.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look into Veeam to fill in the holes of the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deploy VM for SMB with out a big expense.

Hyper-V review by Tyler C.
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"Hyper-V is a good solution for most server virtualization needs"

What do you like best?

The cost for Hyper-V is very competitive and the features are very comparable to VMware vSphere for the most part

What do you dislike?

VMWare has better management tools and is able to scale more easily

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reduced hardware footprint

Hyper-V review by Amir M.
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"Great solution for your VM Needs"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use. no complex setup - real plug & play. all configuration is done inside the known windows environment.

What do you dislike?

Some basic feature like backup needs extra add-on perform which make the system more complex to maintain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The only thing i can think of that is not very simple OOO is the backup - you should plan it carefully with professional consultant

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sharing one physical server between many operation system was never that easy.

Hyper-V review by Steven C.
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"Simplifying my day.. on virtual machine at a time"

What do you like best?

I like Hyper-V's ease of use. It's allowed me to create several virtual environments that has simplified my backup process.

What do you dislike?

It has some dreaded "Microsoft yips" at different times. Configuration isn't always straightforward and there has been some additional finagling from time to time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My IT infrastructure redundancies were a mess before I went to this solution. The individual instances allow me to have better control over things.

Hyper-V review by Kevin Z.
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"Great Virtualization product from Microsoft"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V has a very easy deployment path and it's very easy to convert physical machines to a virtual machine.

What do you dislike?

I wish there were more reporting features build into the console that can be emailed. We had to setup different ways to get reports especially for Hyper-V replication.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hyper-V allows us to reduce the number of physical servers we have in house and at our client locations.

Hyper-V review by Administrator
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"Hyper-v server virtualization"

What do you like best?

Excellent tool for server virtualization (windows, linux), good management of dynamic memory, as well as, its virtual switches, easy to use.

What do you dislike?

for the moment there is nothing that I dislike

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

server consolidation

Hyper-V review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Free with your copy of Windows Server"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V comes free when you purchase Microsoft Windows Server. It's as good as VMWare in my opinion.

What do you dislike?

One of the drawbacks that I see to using a virtual platform is the inability to allocate more hard drive space on the fly. The same goes with shrinking volumes, it's not impossible, just difficult.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using a single hardware device to run multiple server instances utilizing the entire device's resources. This saves money on hardware.

Hyper-V review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Very nice virtualization product"

What do you like best?

Easy to use, stable and very good performance overall

What do you dislike?

The GUI could be done better. Some VLAN tagging settings are not so intuitive and might confuse the administrator - tagging has to be specified even if already present the NIC properties GUI.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try this out, you ll love this product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualization

Hyper-V review by Executive Sponsor in Computer Software
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"Best on-prem virtualization"

What do you like best?

We love Hyper-V because it's integrated with the systems we use everyday and available without no extra cost.

What do you dislike?

The Windows 10 variant requires SLAT which isn't available on some older hardware.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Hyper-V to enable scalability and enable rapid deployment of new servers.

Hyper-V review by Administrator
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"Hyper-V"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and how quickly sysadmins can pick it up.

What do you dislike?

That the deeper you go within hyper-v, the more you wish the features were in-depth.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saving hardware costs, electricity, ease of management.

Hyper-V review by User
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"Virtualization using Hyper-V"

What do you like best?

It comes with Windows Server 2012 and higher as well as Windows 10 for development activities.

What do you dislike?

Meet all requirements and there are no dislike areas so far.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ability to dynamically allocate resources is valuable in cost saving.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Server virtualization and balancing of resources across server farm.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Hyper V clustering"

What do you like best?

Hyper V is an easy to use virtualisation platform and supports the needs of our business

What do you dislike?

Some of the features compared to VMware are limiting

Recommendations to others considering the product

With 2012 R2 there are some great features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We required a virtualisation platform

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Government Administration
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"Robust"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V continues to get better with each new release. The more recent feature release, nested virtualization, is quite impressive.

What do you dislike?

Storage replication needs to be improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider storage replication needs brfore implementing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

High availability of services. We have leveraged hyper- v to offer near 99.9% availability of services.

Hyper-V review by Administrator
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"Hyperv in production desk"

What do you like best?

I think that it optimice the virtualization of machines with Windows system.

What do you dislike?

The interface to manage the virtual machine is very poor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Vmware have more options than HyperV.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use the internal power of a big server virtualizating inside many machines.

Hyper-V review by User in Computer Software
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"Stable virtualization"

What do you like best?

I like the integrated support by many guest operating systems.

What do you dislike?

Graphics acceleration is fairly limited and inflexible. Remote access is harder than with some other hypervisor platforms.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it both for production and development virtual machines. Both Linux and Windows guests.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Hyper-V ROCKS"

What do you like best?

It's built into Windows, is easy to set up and use.

What do you dislike?

Still some overhead, but the ease of management and day to day more than makes up for it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick and easy virtualization with low cost.

Hyper-V review by Administrator in Building Materials
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"Excellent Platform"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V is a great alternative to other virtualization platforms. The price is right.

What do you dislike?

It lacks some features that products like VMware have.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Very cost effective way of virtualizing servers.

Hyper-V review by Executive Sponsor in Information Technology and Services
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"Improving platform"

What do you like best?

Bundled with Windows licensing. Improving feature set

What do you dislike?

Enterprise level management requires SCVMM. Not 100% feature parity with industry standard solutions

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Low cost virtualisation alternative for simple deployments.

Hyper-V review by User in Computer Software
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"hyper-v for virtualization"

What do you like best?

virtual machines

checkpoints for easy switch between snapshots

What do you dislike?

does not support nested virtualization

slow and only works well with MS products

Recommendations to others considering the product

use virtualbox or vmware instead

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

virtualization

Hyper-V review by Nate F.
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"Getting Better"

What do you like best?

HyperV has a great marketing strategy to get unvirtualized companies to start using virtualization. It does a great job locking them in by including HyperV rights in their Windows Server Data Center edition.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that HyperV is a not a bare metal hypervisor. It requires other MS licensing to run which can be misleading when you are trying to decide between VMware and HyperV.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you get a apples to apples comparison between VMware and HyperV is you are trying to decide betweeen the two. You do not get all of the virtualization capabilities most people are looking for with the free HyperV version.

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