These top 10 resources include our most popular guides, tips, articles and quizzes on Hyper-V R2 features for solutions providers. Find out about the pros and cons of Hyper-V R2, learn how to evaluate virtualization management software alternatives and discover the setbacks you could face during implementation. These tips cover some of the most anticipated Hyper-V R2 features, including Live Migration, Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs), jumbo frames support and high availability.
- Comparing Hyper-V R2, vSphere and XenServer 5.5 pros and cons
Learn the pros and cons of comparing Hyper-V R2, vSphere and XenServer 5.5. There are quite a few Hyper-V R2 features, such as a familiar interface and broad hardware compatibility, that make the transition to Microsoft's hypervisor less complicated for your customers. But there are also a few components of Hyper-V R2 that could be troublesome for your customers, including a lack of third-party support.
- Microsoft Hyper-V R2 features and comparison guide
If you are wondering how Microsoft Hyper-V R2 features compare to VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer 5.5, read this guide. Solutions providers can learn about its resiliency, hot-add and remove capabilities, Live Migration and CSVs. Answers to any lingering questions you may have about Hyper-V R2 density, pricing and licensing are provided as well.
- Three setbacks when designing Hyper-V R2 high availability
Customers will look toward solutions providers for expertise in properly designing Hyper-V R2 high availability. But there are some key setbacks that you need to keep in mind when implementing a highly-available infrastructure. Be prepared to resolve hardware bottleneck issues and learn how to use Hyper-V R2 clusters to tackle memory problems, and it will help you ensure a smooth implementation.
- Most useful Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V R2 features
Live Migration gets a lot of attention, but there are plenty of other Hyper-V R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 features that are useful to you and your customers. These features include jumbo frames, which can assist solutions providers with installation, and new clustering features. A new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2, Remote Desktop Services, will provide remote desktop connections to your servers. Find out how Hyper-V R2's Clustered Shared Volumes fit into your service offerings as well.
- Hyper-V R2 Live Migration and other features: Study guide
Take this quiz to test your expertise on Hyper-V R2 Live Migration and other features, including high availability, virtualization management software, and jumbo frames. From finding out how many logical processors Hyper-V R2 can support to learning what its new protocols can offer, this quick quiz will teach you about Microsoft's hypervisor and give you access to more resources.
- Evaluating virtualization management software for Hyper-V R2
You can't understate the importance of virtualization management software for Hyper-V R2. Among the key reasons to use this software is automated template deployment, which ensures that virtual machines (VMs) are deployed quickly. Better performance management and monitoring can also help encourage customers to use virtual management software.
- Migrating from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V R2
Follow these steps to help customers migrate from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V R2. The first step is to identify the server resources that will eventually host the new Hyper-V R2 VMs. When you're done with the process, don't forget to power on the VM and install Hyper-V R2's special drivers. As a solutions provider, it is important that you make sure a migration runs smoothly for your customers. Doing so will increase the likelihood of future business opportunities.
- Why Hyper-V R2's Cluster Shared Volumes saves time and money
Hyper-V R2's Cluster Shared Volumes can help you maintain your customers' storage infrastructure and help them to avoid purchasing additional storage. A great deal of customers' storage is wasted on buffers for RAM that could have been used on VMs. Using this tip, you will learn how to free up extra space and how CSVs can make it easier for solutions providers to manage VM migrations between cluster nodes.
- A 'boatload' of Hyper-V R2 features
Download this podcast or read the transcript to learn about new Hyper-V R2 features. In this interview, virtualization expert Greg Shields examines the difference between Quick Migration and Live Migration and the time it can save your customers. You will also find out how Hyper-V R2 features compare with those in its previous version, how CSVs influence Live Migration and when you should use third-party cluster file systems.
- Microsoft's Hyper-V R2 about more than Live Migration
Microsoft Hyper-V R2 features offer more than just Live Migration. Solutions providers will find that jumbo frames support and CSVs provide many useful benefits. Jumbo frames allow VMs to send much larger data packets than usual. And by using CSVs, solutions providers will no longer have to assign a single VM to a single logical unit number (LUN). You can now group four related VMs onto a LUN for your customers, which will prove valuable in the event of VM failure.
This was first published in March 2010