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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 is a stand-alone product providing a simplified, reliable, cost-effective and optimized virtualization solution.

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Hyper-V review by <span>Robert S.</span>
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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 <span>Aaron P.</span>
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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 <span>Cameron S.</span>
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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 <span>Michael J.</span>
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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 <span>Eric B.</span>
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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 <span>Jeremy G.</span>
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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.

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