Special Features of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

March 25, 2011 / Dedicated Server Hosting
HyperV Servers

The new stand-alone hypervisor from Microsoft designed to further the efficiency of the virtualization technology. Today organizations require increasingly adaptive applications and technologies to streamline their IT operations and reduce costs.
The new Hyper V Server 2008 R2 has added features like live migration, an expanded processor and memory support for host systems.

There are several features of Microsoft Hyper-v 2008 R2 designed to improve its performance:

  1. Available live support for migration.
  2. Clustering support present.
  3. Networking Enhancements:
    1. VM Chimney (TCP Offload) and VMQ (specific hardware NICs required) support disabled by default.
    2. Support Jumbo Frame.
  4. Performance Enhancements:
    1. Available CPU Core Parking.
    2. Core Parking permits Windows and Hyper-V to consolidate processing onto the fewest no. of possible processor cores and suspends inactive processor cores.
    3. Available Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) in CPUs. SLAT support for both Intel (EPT) and AMD (RVI).
    4. Storage Add/Remove: (VHDs and Pass-Through Disks)
    5. enhanced performance for the VHD for dynamic and different disks.

The new hypervisor has made it possible for IT admins to enhance their existing virtualized environment. It has tools for patching, provisioning, management, and support services. The learning curve is not very steep for those familiar with the previous versions of the hypervisor. Overall, this is the next-generation hypervisor designed for better performance and output for your virtualized environment.