Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Product Overview – An Early look
Published: December 2007
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Table of Contents
Hyper-V Overview 6
Flexible Virtualization Capabilities 6
Robust Virtualization Platform 7
Enhanced Security 7
Hyper-V as Part of Microsoft’s Datacenter-to-desktop Virtualization Strategy 8
Server Virtualization 8
Presentation Virtualization 9
Application Virtualization 9
Comprehensive Management in a Familiar Environment 9
Addressing Key Business Needs 10
Server Consolidation 10
Cost Savings 10
Optimizing Infrastructure 11
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery 11
Testing and Development 12
Extensive Guest Operating System Support 13
Virtual Machine Libraries andSelf-service Portals 13
Checkpoints in Testing and Development 13
Moving Toward the Dynamic Datacenter 13
Automated Virtual Machine Reconfiguration 14
Flexible Resource Control 14
Quick Migration 15
Utilization Counters 15
Branch Office Management 15
Server Consolidation in the Branch Office 15
Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery in the Branch Office 15Development and Testing for the Branch Office 16
Improving Agility in the Branch Office 16
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