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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 virtualizing was not so easy."

What do you like best?

Hyper-V was a 360 degree turn for us in which we migrated from VMware to perform laboratory tests and in this we obtained the desired results. It is quite simple for minimum tasks in software testing and its performance to verify functionality for some applications. He has managed to maintain our activity to train our students in the classroom.

What do you dislike?

At the beginning it was difficult to have a correct deployment until it was successfully configured, the work groups were benefited with this tool, avoiding the issue of licenses and the limitation of functions. Once they became familiar, they managed to virtualize units as backup, desks for tests.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to delve into the subject of virtualization Hyper-V is free, easy to use and can cover the greatest of your needs without investing so much money in expensive software that sometimes you do not get the most out of it by just using the minimum functions .

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

In our institution we try to provide a good show with the tools that technology provides us and virtualize today is going to the forefront when you want to manage virtual servers, test some applications that cause you certain doubts in your device, make skills tests this is a tool that many would like to get the most out of.

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"Best virtualization solution for easy of use, price and stability"

What do you like best?

Hyper-V virtualization is VERY easy to setup, very easy to manage and very stable. We are using it for 4 years now without any flaw or issue. The management interface is very intuitive, just like using Windows 10 on your PC.

What do you dislike?

Not much based on our business needs. Some larger business will probably deploy lack of very large company options such as load balancing, instant fail over, etc. But from our medium sized business perspective, we found no cons on Hyper-V.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Hyper-V is not only a free virtualization solution for businesses, but it's also a very stable and very intuitive environment. The learning curve for Hyper-V is very simple and there's a lot of ressources online for Hyper-V (discussion forum, Microsoft service, etc.). VMWare is actually the leader in virtualization industrie, but it's a VERY expensive solution and at ultimately it doesn't offer that much of extra features for the money you spend for. I am also happy to see that Microsoft Hyper-V is gaining more and more new business customers each year.

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

We gain a very stable and replicated environment at a much lower cost than building a physical server infrastructure like in the past. From a large single server, we host a dozen of high capacity virtual servers and from a second unique server, we are replicating all these virtual server in the case of a disaster. We gain a very flexible server deployment, backup and fail over solution.

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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 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, a lightweight and easy-to-use tool for virtualization."

What do you like best?

Beign able to virtualize without problems and be free, that is an advantage that we all like.

Running multiple virtual machine scenarios makes it so profitable that you can become familiar with each of its options, the impact is little for your physical equipment

What do you dislike?

some maneuvers within Hyper-V should be improved in future updates, such as automating some procedures that are currently carried out manually.

It is said that cheap is expensive, so sometimes it is preferable that software has a certain cost since it would have a team behind that improves its operation every so often.

Would the community agree that it should have performance monitoring of virtual machine.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to start in the virtualization environment we recommend you Hyper-V has more than one utility for what you have thought that just try how it works. Hyper-V is very easy to use. If at any time you want to do something more complex you can go testing your paid options in which they can cover the needs of your business.

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

We currently have Hyper-V for the virtualization of laboratory machines and software evaluations for our plants.

Recently it was also deployed to carry out the monitoring of some servers and corroborate their performance, all these stages were carried out as test stages within organization.

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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 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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"Faster Virtualization with the standard installation"

What do you like best?

This virtalization tool create infrastructure Microsoft optimally and in their latest versions allows interoperability with environments and features Unix / Linux satisfactorily. installation mode standalone does an easy way the construction of the node host so strong and robust easy scalability. Allows the creation of containers and ideal for deploying productivity tools in the cloud.

What do you dislike?

The support for Linux/Unix are poor, this has been reported by a significant number of users. The minimalist administrator interface it is not pleased administrators accustomed to environments Microsoft traditional, persists preference for graphics.

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

For one of the implementations of months ago the Hyper-V allowed me to quickly and efficiently deploy an infrastructure environment with several Docker services with the requirements of developers and DevOps, directory services and productivity tools all this in a cloud Hybrid, with a diversity of operating systems. In the private infrastructure it allowed me an easy integration with the storage units.

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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 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.

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"Has proven to be very stable and consistent environment"

What do you like best?

The fact that the software is part of the Microsoft server software vs having to purchase

Also it is very easy and quick to setup and configure

What do you dislike?

The soft ware does not work well for trying to use USB or Hard or USB serial ports with the virtual servers

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is very quick to setup as long as your server has the necessary resources.

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

The ability to reduce the total number of physical Servers and also a cost savings due to having to power less servers.

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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 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!

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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 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.

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"Microsoft's Hyper-V: a robust hypervisor with Microsoft Support"

What do you like best?

* Included in Windows Server.

* Microsoft support for applications like Exchange or SharePoint on a virtual server.

* Allows users to easily run a lot of VMs at one time with dynamic memory management.

* Comprehensive security through Active Directory.

* Easy backups.

What do you dislike?

* Poor support for Linux operating systems.

* Requires all VMs to be taken offline for a reboot during routine security updates to OS.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a Robust robust and well supported hypervisor dont hesitate choosing Hyper-V

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

Hyper-V has allowed me to create a virtual servers environment on my organization, letting me saving money and time, making easier and faster the activities of updating, maintaining and supporting.

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

1. Ability to perform live migrations

2. Private cloud environment

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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 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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"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 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.

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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 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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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"Hyper-V Review"

What do you like best?

It is free with Windows Server and very robust to host Virtual machines. Moving, Upgrading and scaling the Virtual machines is a breeze with the Hyper-V manager tool

What do you dislike?

Until now there is nothing which I have disliked about it.

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

Increasing the Disk sizes, Processors, RAM and complete scalability of the server is done without investing anything additional.

Moving the Hypervisors around on different hosts is a very simple process and it is very easy to learn.

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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 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.

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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 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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.