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[Hyper-V] is used across the organization. It is used in USA datacenter as well as China. It addresses cost savings on physical machines

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Score 8 out of 10
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We use Hyper-V as the main virtualization platform in our organization. The problem it addresses is the need to maximize the resources of our physical server.
  • Managing and distributing physical resources into different virtual servers.
  • The Hyper-V administrator interface could use some more features.
  • Could have a graphical log to check the usage of resources.
If you don't plan to have more than two virtual servers then Hyper-V is a great option, as it comes included within the Windows Server license. However, if your organization has a great number of virtual servers then you may have to consider other solutions, such as VMware.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Hyper-V to manage all of our virtual servers. The ease of use is unmatched. Since it is built into Windows Server you do not need to pay for any additional licensing which makes Hyper-V a very attractive offering. It addresses the problem of having a physical server for everything, you could have a few hypervisors that run 100s of servers.
  • virtualization
  • virtual disks
  • remote management
  • Better network handling
  • If the hypervisor crashes ALL vms crash
  • Have to update hypervisors
Hyper-V is great for an environment that is already running Windows Server. It is very cost effective and the solution itself is solid. Where it would be less appropriate is a project that is not on a tight budget, or an environment not running any Windows Server machines. There are better alternatives.
Score 8 out of 10
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[Hyper-V] is used across the organization. It is used in USA datacenter as well as China. It addresses cost savings on physical machines
  • Migrates from one host to another quite well (Live Migration)
  • It uses the dynamic memory efficiently
  • Allow to increase memory or hard drive without shutting down the vm
  • Be able to do all configurations thru hyper v manager even with a cluster
Overall [Hyper-V] is a good product. At one point I thought it lagged behind VMWare, but I think it has kept pace now.
Fahad Khalil | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It is being used in our organization for the virtualization of our physical Windows server to set up multiple servers on the same machine for different purposes. It comes with Windows Server, hence there is no extra cost for software and it also reduces hardware expense with less space required to set up and less power consumption. The developers in our organization are also using it to create test environments in both standalone and clustering modes.
  • Lesser hardware required
  • Lesser power consumption
  • Easy backup and restore
  • Lesser maintenance required
  • Easier and centralized administration
  • Gives no added software cost
  • Comes by default with Windows Server
  • Not appropriate for other than Windows operating system
  • Automatic load balancing seeks improvement
  • Conflicts with other virtualization softwares
  • Older versions of Windows are not well supported
I recommend Hyper-V for the virtualization of servers to reduce the cost of hardware, setup space, and power consumption. It is available in Windows Server by default at the cost of Windows itself hence not giving any added cost on software. It helps to set up multiple servers on the same machine for different purposes. It can also be used to create multiple test environments for the development of applications.
May 06, 2021

Hyper-V Review

Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Hyper-V is being used by the Information Technology department in the organization to host the virtual machines on the bare metal and windows servers. Those virtual machines are then used to host the engineering applications that are being used by the end-users. This platform provides the ability to manage the virtual machines from a single point and maintain high-availability as well.
  • Storage Management of the virtual Machines
  • High-Availability
  • Singe click deployment
  • Failover management
  • VM recovery in case of failure
  • Cloud Integration
Hyper-V is well suited in organizations where the need is to store the data on non-cloud storage. It is well suited for the banking and financial sector as the data is critical and cannot be stored on cloud storage.
Another most suited area for Hyper-V is the organization that requires tape backups.
Score 7 out of 10
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Hyper-V was used to extend our ability to quickly prototype and build server infrastructure. We also were using it to develop 'golden images' or other troubleshooting techniques that allowed our organization to quickly deploy and investigate strange edge cases in our infrastructure It has been slightly superseded by our movement into Azure for the majority of our server infrastructure.
  • Speed of deployment.
  • Cost versus resources.
  • Automation and PowerShell accessibility.
  • Control System integration could be improved.
  • Better documentation.
  • Interchangeability of hard drives (VHD, VHDX, first gen/second gen).
Hyper-V is a great technology and its inclusion on a large number of Windows Operating systems, not just servers allows for a lot of opportunity to experiment and play with the technology, both from a learning standpoint, as well as gaining experience that will translate into working with Azure and other cloud based technologies. Azure is the next step in server and infrastructure management.
Jeffrey Rudacille | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Hyper-V has been our hypervisor of choice because of its fairly seamless integration with the rest of the Windows stack and its great price. We used it to consolidate our server farm into just a handful of actual physical servers. It is being used by our whole organization in that almost every piece of server infrastructure, except the hosts themselves, is hosted on a hyper-v server. Some are in clusters and some are standalone. It solves the need for additional hardware expense, space needed to house the servers and saves money when it comes to power consumption. In conjunction with Windows clustering, it also gives us an in-house live backup in that the virtual servers can run on any of our clustered hosts.
  • Hyper-V is both fairly easy to learn while being robust in its capability of taking one physical server and turning it into multiple functioning systems for user consumption.
  • One of the gigantic strengths of Hyper-V is the fact that it is included with Windows Server.
  • When used in conjunction with Windows Clustering, Hyper-V goes from just being a virtualization product to also being a Disaster Recovery product. Setting up multiple hosts in a cluster, if all of them have the capability of hosting all machines at once, allows one to know that if one host goes off line the other hosts will pick up the slack and keep the virtual instances running.
  • Since Hyper-V is free and a MS product there is copious free support for it on the web. Most issues and questions can be dealt with just by doing some searching.
  • Hyper-V's snapshot feature can sometimes be a little clunky and cause issues removing the snapshots. Most problems are easily rectified but it is a weak point of the software.
  • Host Servers that have Hyper-V installed on them, if there are a lot of servers, becoming fairly useless when it comes to being used for other functions...both in a literal sense and licensing sense.
  • Despite the product being free with MS server, the new licensing scheme MS has available makes it more costly to host Hyper-V instances when one wants more than two per physical host.
Hyper-V is well suited for shops that are not completely sold into using VMWare for its virtualization needs. There is some limitation on using some hardware with Hyper-V but when it comes to every day server user, the Hyper-V technology is so mature that almost any in house scenario can benefit from its use. Whether it is for space, power or DR reasons.

The only time I can think it would be less appropriate is the case where someone wants a server to have full, un limited access to a hardware based disc system and does not want any competition for the use of the system.
James McCullough | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Hyper-V is used in our environment for test and development environments as well as VDI infrastructure. Hyper-V is used as a lower-cost alternative to VMWare that can be installed and used on our existing Windows infrastructure. The infrastructure is used primarily by our development team.
  • Lower cost
  • Virtualization of Windows servers
  • VDI infrastructure of Windows desktop
  • Flexible
  • Networking
  • Managability
  • Add-on tools
Hyper-V is well suited for virtualization of Windows Server workloads as well as virtual desktop infrastructure. It also works well for building of development and test environments at a lower cost. Hyper-V is less appropriate for environments running multiple operating systems including linux and Apple OSx.
The largest reason for this rating is due to the Microsoft pay for support model. If the user has an active support agreement with microsoft then the support is good with timely responses and support personnel who will work the problems to completion. The knowledge bases are very large and difficult to search. There are a large number of resources available. Microsoft licensing models make it difficult to properly license environments.
Score 10 out of 10
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Hyper-V is used across the whole organization. It solves the problem of agility, not having to purchase a physical for every function needed, saves money, allows for maintenance during business hours, etc.
  • Hypervisor
  • Populating with virtual machines
  • Redundancy and replication
  • Not so difficult to setup outside the normal usage
  • Storage spaces direct is quite difficult to understand and setup
  • Centralized dashboard
Simple setups are really great when you want to put multiple VMs on the same physical hardware. You then could use replications of those VMs so that you would have a redundant copy of the VM. You can do this every 5 minutes. Probably not appropriate if you put all your servers in the cloud anyway.
Most of the time, you can find support on the thousands of websites, blogs and community sites that are out there. Very much Internet supported, and if you don't stray too far away from the standard setup of Hyper-v, you shouldn't go wrong. I've had to call a couple of times, and Microsoft was very good at resolving my problem. it seem that Microsoft has heard from people and their support system, and are doing a much better job in this.
Rob Rotundo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Hyper-V is being used by our organization to strengthen and solidify client networks. Hyper-V makes it much easier to schedule maintenance, but more importantly, recover from major software or hardware issues. Even with a major hardware failure, having Hyper-V in place makes a restore simple and quick.
  • Maintenance
  • Restores
  • Linux limitations
  • Supports a limited number of guest OS choices
Hyper-V is well suited for a business that does not want to worry about upgrading their server hardware every few years. With virtualization, money can be spent on backups or other key areas of IT like end-user hardware. I really do not see any downsides to using Hyper-V in today's IT world.
This is one of the main reasons we use Hyper-V instead of others. Having Microsoft's backing really takes the edge off if we run into issues. With other products, it's easy to get into the blame game of he said she said. With Hyper-V and Microsoft, we don't have to worry about that.
John Fester | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are utilizing Hyper-v for several reasons, from servers and virtualized servers and workstations within, and on some workstations as the host with a few other workstations virtualized inside them. We have two principal Hyper-V hosts and 1 Hyper-V Replica Host that we replicate all VM's to for failover/redundancy. What this has done for us is saved drastic amounts of storage by not having to back up several versions of virtual hard disks each time we make a change, but rather depend on the replica hyper-v host to store those checkpoints as we make changes. Now our storage facilities on the two principal host servers are drastically reduced and have saved a lot of money! The speed is insane also. Reboots are a minute as opposed to 10 minutes.
  • Checkpoints are the easiest in Hyper-V. Creating them on live systems, restoring a system to a previous checkpoint in seconds and maintaining the one you were just using in case you have to go back to it again.
  • Controlling the resources is extremely useful in Hyper-V as opposed to other solutions that have basic tools only. With Hyper-V you can assign specific number of cores of CPU, or amounts of RAM, and you can set these dynamically with a type of "importance" for each VM, so that if one VM is more essential than a 2nd one, but both are trying to consume 100% of the CPU/RAM, you can designate which server has the most importance and Hyper-V will give it the resources over the 2nd one.
  • Replicas are required! If your Hyper-V host dies, your company dies. If you have a Replica Hyper-V Host, you are in good shape! Spinning up a replica server can be done automatically when the primary VM fails, or manually to give you a chance to modify IP/MAC/HostName/etc. This can be done in seconds and have your company up and running again in moments versus days!
  • I would love to see Hyper-V add a better remote control feature. As it is, it uses RDP to connect to any VM in the host. This is old technology and slowly deprecating. It would be significantly more useful to have a controlled interface for remoting to the VM's that is much more like Teamviewer, LogMeIn, etc.
I will always recommend Hyper-V because it outperforms all competitors, comes free on Windows 10 Pro and you can host VM's as easily as you can deploy a new pc. Hyper-V is simple to set up and creates a workstation or server on your machine in seconds.
Hyper-V is greatly supported by techs around the world. There are tons of forums, help websites and individuals ready to answer questions. I've never needed to contact Microsoft for help...because help is so easy to find out there. Do a search online for anything related to Hyper-V and you will certainly find an article with spelled out steps on how to do what you are looking to do.
Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We are currently using Hyper-V for the deployment of all of our servers. Our main servers house Hyper-V and we deploy 9-10 VM's off of each server and those servers host data for our cloud customers. I would consider Hyper-V to be the backbone of our company. I also personally use Hyper-V here for development and testing purposes. We are a software company so I often create a bunch of VM's for myself and other users to test new software or if we happen to find broken/bugs in our software. We are able to make a replica of the environment that is not running correctly and it will allow us to troubleshoot the issues without further messing up the production environment.
  • Virtualization - Hyper-V does this well and I feel like it might be the best and easiest software out there to use. I am able to spin up virtual environments very quickly. Hyper-V also has a "quick" add feature where you don't even need to have the OS ISO on your computer and you can choose between Windows 10, Server or Ubuntu.
  • Setup and Management - Hyper-V is pretty straight forward. When I first started using this it seemed a bit confusing, but after a couple of days of playing with it you end up finding out everything is pretty straight forward and really not that complicated.
  • Just turn off the VM and go into the settings and you can manage the Storage, Memory, and CPU's.
  • Setting a VM up on a Domain is super easy and you can create a static mac address for the machine so in Windows DHCP you can use that static mac address to give that VM an IP it can use every time it boots up.
  • I think the best feature is the ability to create "Checkpoints" - If you are going to be doing something over and over and you need to start from the same point with each test you can setup your VM the way you need it prior to testing. Create a Checkpoint. Do your tests and then revert back to the Checkpoint so the system will be exactly how you had it setup prior to testing. Then you can go on and do your second set of tests and so on.
  • Another great thing is the ability to just backup the vhdx file.
  • As I mentioned at the beginning of this review we run most everything from Hyper-V. I make weekly backup of the vhdx files which are the Virtual Environment files.
  • This is an extreme example, but if the building ever caught on fire I could go out and buy like 15 PCs at Best Buy and load up Hyper-V on them and just import the vhdx files and be back up and running fairly quickly.
  • The only issue I have with Hyper-V is I am unable to use Veeam on my Windows 2016 Server to backup my FreeBSD HAProxy VM.
  • There is some sort of checkpoint issue that I have been unable to figure out, but it works just fine on my Windows 2012 Servers. I do believe this is a Microsoft issue and not a Veeam issue though.
  • Another thing that could be useful that Hyper-V does not have would be some sort of GUI that shows the status of all the VM's on a given server to help us manage them easier and know what is going on. However, I do have Zabbix for this and that does a good job at monitoring all my servers.
A specific scenario where Hyper-V is well suited would be for environment testing purposes. Let's say you want to learn or test a new OS for a product or just for learning purposes. You are able to boot up this OS in just a few mins on Hyper-V and then begin working, testing and learning with no money out of your pocket. You don't have to go out and build or buy a new PC (assuming your current PC has enough memory and CPU usage for a single VM.).

I do not think there is a scenario where this would not be appropriate. This is not really a piece of software that you need to install to do other things. If you are enabling Hyper-V you are using it to create a virtual environment. The only time you really wouldn't use this is if your application would be better off running in a docker/container setup.
I gave it a middle of the road rating - as far as getting direct help from Microsoft this never seems to happen. (Good luck getting ahold of them.) Getting help from online support forums is pretty much where I get all my help from. Hyper-V is used quite widely and anything you could need help with is out there and easily searched for on your favorite search engine.
Eric Oliveira | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Today, virtualization is essential and we can no longer retroact. I use Hyper-V virtualization software at the company, which is a technology that allows hardware virtualization on a physical computer. With it we create and manage several servers that we have as: files, backup, dns, dhcp, and others, in addition to computers. Each virtual machine is considered an isolated system and this contributes a lot and optimizes our physical spaces in the data center.
  • Increasing the use of hardware.
  • Reducing operating costs with maintenance and training.
  • In critical applications, it is important to have a computer that can act immediately in place of the main machine, because if it stops working, all virtualized systems that run on it will also be stopped.
  • Overload of device resources: can affect all virtual machines.
Better use of the company's existing infrastructure: when executing various services on a server or set of machines, for example, one can take advantage of the processing capacity of this equipment as close as possible to its totality;
The number of machines is smaller: with the best use of existing resources, the need to acquire new equipment has greatly decreased in the company, as well as the consequent expenses with installation, physical space, refrigeration, maintenance, energy consumption, among others.
Microsoft's virtualization with Hyper-V helps us daily and we have never had any technical problems, errors and failures. It is an extremely reliable solution. Hyper-V provides us with a lot of security and reliability because as each virtual machine works independently of the others, a problem that arises in one of them - as a security vulnerability, will not affect the others. Also, migration and expansion became easier because changing the virtualization environment service is now a task that can be done quickly, as well as expanding the infrastructure.
Guillermo Villamizar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Microsoft Hyper-V is a patented Microsoft technology that allows the users to create virtual server environments and manage multiple operating systems on a single physical server. As of today, our company has very few but very powerful physical servers, and we use Hyper-V for creating multiple virtual servers with different functions for each one of them.
  • Easy to create new VMs
  • Free virtualization solution
  • Conflict with other virtualization applications
  • Load balancing not available
With Hyper-V, you have the ability to virtualize and manage virtually every aspect of a service. It allows you to create screenshots of the state of the machine, in order to save the state of the machine up to a certain point and continue with a copy, leaving the previous version intact.
We still have not had the need to request support directly from Microsoft or a Microsoft partner, but there are a lot of resources online for Microsoft's Hyper-V (discussion forum, Microsoft service, etc.). The environment is very easy to set up and very intuitive to install and get up and running with no trouble.
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I use Microsoft's Hyper-V to run a number of critical virtual machines for my organization, including domain controllers, servers running WSUS, and servers providing remote access. What I like best about it is it comes with Windows--I don't have to buy anything extra to use it. It's easy to configure, very stable, and offers all the features I need to power my servers. I also take advantage of Hyper-V Replica, which allows me to have the flexibility of planned or unplanned failover to another system running Hyper-V when I need to take a system offline for updates or in the event of a hardware issue. Again, no extra licenses to buy and really easy to configure.
  • Allows you to dynamically add storage, memory, and networking, all without powering down the VM.
  • You can set VM resources to adjust dynamically in response to what other VMs are doing, including weighting VMs based on the criticality of their functions. This is a great feature to ensure VMs "behave" themselves when dynamic resource allocation is utilized while ensuring that VMs that are spiking in utilization can automatically ramp up their resources to match the load.
  • The Replica feature means you don't have to invest in expensive and complicated clustering technology if your goal is simply to achieve resiliency against hardware failure. Replica works really well, is easy to set up, and can even be placed in a remote location.
  • If you're a Windows SysAdmin, Hyper-V is intuitive to deploy, monitor, and manage.
  • I like that you can specify the boot order of the VMs when you power on the Hyper-V server. You can also stagger the "on" state of each VM so you don't overwhelm the host, and you can specify what happens to each VM after the host reboots.
  • For me, checkpoints have been a sore spot over the years. These are system snapshots, where you can roll back the system to a previous point in time if you encounter issues after installing updates, applications, or making changes to the system. I'm using Server 2016 and haven't tried them in this version, but earlier versions created all sorts of issues if you ran into a scenario where you needed to recover a VM. I don't use these, instead relying on Veeam backups.
  • Moving VMs from one server to another could be easier. To be clear, I'm not talking about Replica, but actual VM migration.
Hyper-V scales really well, so if you have a lot of compute capacity (lots of RAM and CPUs) and ample storage, you can run dozens of VMs on a single server. This makes it extremely cost-effective. Throw in Hyper-V Replica, which you don't have to have an identical server to accomplish, by the way, and you can achieve disaster recovery for a fairly modest cost.

Note that Hyper-V Replica is not a substitute for backups, because if you have an issue with the primary VM's software, for example, that will be copied over to the replication server. Ditto for altered or deleted files. But for a small- to medium-sized business, Hyper-V represents a robust virtual environment solution with disaster recovery built-in. Large enterprises will likely need to employ a clustering solution for desired system resiliency and performance--Hyper-V Replica is not meant for that. But for the SMB, you're getting a full-featured hypervisor for the cost of the Windows license--if you're going to be running Windows Server anyway, it really makes for an affordable solution.
There is a wealth of documentation for Hyper-V since it's so widely used. You should have no problem getting all the help you need deploying, managing, and troubleshooting any issues that come up.
Adam Morrison | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Hyper-V is currently deployed as an HA cluster hosting IT management and VDI VMs. Tools such as file servers, Bomgar, Zerto, Microsoft System Center 2019, etc. It addresses the need for the IT staff to have an HA cluster outside of our other virtualization stacks that run core business systems. We are also running a second Hyper-V cluster as the replication target for Zerto for our DR.
  • Ease of use for Windows administrators. These days the maturity of a virtualization platform is a non-issue. All have been around long enough to be full-featured and stable. If your current IT staff has a strong background in Windows systems then Hyper-V will be easy for them to manage without having to take on a full-time contract with a VAR.
  • Cost of licensing. Licensing for Hyper-V using Microsoft's Datacenter licensing model will license all your servers and the Windows VMs without having to purchase two separate licensing. Lowers costs and makes licensing management easier. Which is always a plus with Microsoft.
  • Portability and ease of recovery. This one is often missed when Hyper-V is discussed. In the case of a disaster and administrator to connect to a remote share, or copy the disk files from a Hyper-V VM right to their laptop. You can then double click that disk file and open it like a remote drive. This can save hours of recovery time during a migration or disaster. You cannot do that with other disk formats so seamlessly.
  • Web-based management is still lacking. Microsoft's SCVMM is still a "thick" app and clunky to use compared to the HTML 5 based website of vCenter. Microsoft's new platform Windows Admin Center is trying to fix this gap, but it is not built for huge deployments and is still slow and difficult to manage users.
  • Heavy PowerShell required for complicated deployments. I love PowerShell, but not everyone does. For your basic clusters, you do not need it. But if you want to delve into configurations like S2D you will need to know PowerShell.
  • Difficult to find VAR support. Every vendor out there has engineers that know VMWare. It has been a challenge to find vendors that have Microsoft Hyper-V engineers on staff. The certification program for Hyper-V is not near as strong as VMWare.
ROBO server builds make Hyper-V a great candidate. Microsoft has spent decades perfecting driver integration. As such, Windows Server will run on almost any hardware without much trouble. It is easy to allocate older hardware or cheaper hardware to Hyper-V and run workloads quickly and cheaply.
Microsoft support is quick to respond and knowledgeable in the server support. Also, there is a large user base so it is very easy to Google any problems or configuration issues and find a solution online.
Al Oomens | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use Hyper-V across our whole organization. We have multiple Windows and Linux servers running as virtual machines on Hyper-V. Almost all servers are run as virtual machines. It allows us to easily spin up new servers as needed, and easily decommission older servers.
  • Hyper-V is very easy to administer. Day-to-day operations are done through the Hyper-V Manager, which is simple and intuitive to use.
  • It allows complete servers to be easily be backed up to either local storage or cloud storage (or both). You can restore whole virtual machines as well as individual files if needed.
  • It is simple to create a checkpoint of a virtual machine before any changes are made or updates applied and changes can be easily rolled back if needed.
  • Hyper-V does require adequate CPU and memory and should be used with fast storage, so plan ahead.
  • It would be nice if there was a way to upgrade virtual machines from generation 1 to generation 2.
  • Also, better support for older operating systems.
It has been a superb environment for the virtualization of our infrastructure. We have gone from many separate, stand-alone servers to primarily virtual machine based servers without any problems. We have reduced hardware costs, allowed much easier scale-ability, and provided more comprehensive backup and disaster recovery plans with few hindrances.
May 11, 2019


Brian Sossamon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We chose Hyper-V to create our virtual infrastructure for our on premise servers. Our current hardware was at end of life and had the opportunity to upgrade to newer hardware and have enough space for more servers.
  • Virtual Environment
  • Scale-ability
  • Ease of use
  • None that I have noticed.
We had limited space for physical servers and the hardware space needed for the virtual environment only utilized half of the space the on premise servers used.
Always willing to help when needed.
Michael Jipping | TrustRadius Reviewer
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HyperV became the Virtualization choice to replace or migrate as many systems to a Virtual Environment. This decision spanned the entire company. The largest business problem it solved was the physical space and requirements needed to continue to use physical servers. It also addressed the increasing complexity of server management. High Density computing offers many advantage and can deliver a substantial cost savings when compared.
  • Virtual Machine Management and Resource Management is very good. You can adjust many resources while the VM is running and take Advantage of reducing impact to production. For example you can grow a virtual hard drive "hot", even when its larger than 2TB.
  • Cluster Management is very easy to set up and allows you to "live migrate resources" while in use not affecting production, minimizing downtime. This allows for many events such as maintenance tasks (software updates or firmware) or performance troubleshooting issues that need addressed.
  • Also enables you to perform rolling upgrades on your cluster nodes to upgrade you operating systems (ex 2012R2 to 2016).
  • Backup Strategies have the opportunity to leverage the Hypervisor vs agent based backups. This allows for you to avoid overtaxing individual VMs during backup operations. And removing agent based backups from your environment is going to lessen the software footprint that has the possibility to create contention on resources.
  • HyperV could use better native tools for user to look into VM performance and health. Tools do exist but need improved to be competitive.
  • Errors and Warning could be more visible in the Management View. Things like High CPU, Network peaks and Memory should be able to pop to the front when there is an issue.
HyperV is well suited for most environments. Most system engineers or business owners can take advantage of the quick learning cycle with the product. There are a lot of online resources available. It is a great functional, low cost and viable solution. Small Business or Enterprise can adopt this technology without much concern. If your Virtual Machines have a requirement to be hosted on a Linux based host then perhaps you should use a competitor software versus HyperV, but I have not seen this as an issue very frequently.
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I currently use Hyper-V with two clients to virtualize a number of different functions. Specifically, I have VMs acting as domain controllers, Linux servers, and a QuickBooks server. Using Hyper-V to virtualize these machines allows for more easy management, especially if a restart is required, as that can be done remotely without worry of the machine not turning back on. In addition, the entire VM can be backed up and restored in the case of a catastrophic failure. Finally, using Hyper-V allows me to have multiple single purposes machines running on a single higher powered physical machine.
  • Hyper-V is deeply integrated with Windows Server, and works with the built-in Windows Server backup software, as such a 3rd party backup solution is not required.
  • In general, Hyper-V is easy to set up. There are a number of different options to choose from, but they are laid out in a logical manner and explained fairly well within the Hyper-V interface.
  • Hyper-V's virtual disks (.vhdx) are extremely flexible and robust. They support dynamic resizing, i.e. you can create a 1TB disk that will show up as 1TB within the VM, but on the real machine the vhdx will only be as big as the amount of data within the VM.
  • Microsoft provides a plethora of support documents for Hyper-V usage.
  • Hyper-V's support for non-Windows based OS' (i.e. Linux) is only OK. You can certainly virtualize a Linux machine, but it's integration with the rest of Windows is limited, and it's performance is only OK.
  • Adding an external hard drive (USB or otherwise) to a VM is clunky at best, as it requires the physical to be set to offline via the Disk Management snap-in before it can be added to the VM.
  • Backing up a VM can be lesson in frustration at times. While a VM can be easily backed up using Windows Server backup - when an issue arises with the backup, it can be very difficult tracking down exactly what the issue is.
Virtualizing a Windows Server via Hyper-V works really well. I especially like using it to virtualize a domain controller that requires 100% up time. While you can use Hyper-V on a regular non-server version of Windows Pro, it isn't as tightly integrated and some features aren't available (such as being able to be backed up using built-in software). Finally, I would NOT recommend using Hyper-V to virtualize a non-Windows OS machine.
Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Hyper-V was used across the enterprise at my previous job. It consisted of a three-host cluster with over 1TB ram and 200TB of production storage. It also included over 200 VMs running Windows Server 2016 RD Datacenter.
  • Hyper-V is better than having a lot of physical boxes and hardware.
  • Hyper-V is priced well; meaning if you buy a Datacenter center license its free for unlimited, the standard is up to 3 VMs.
  • You can buy single VM licenses to add to standard in lieu of Datacenter license. I think the cost equals out after 8 single VM purchases, so if you plan on running more than 8-10 VMs you may want to look at Datacenter.
  • Hyper-V is behind the curve in terms of live migration. I feel that the winner for this is VMWare.
  • This is a Microsoft based program, so getting support on it can prove more difficult than others. More than likely you'll get quicker support from your reseller.
  • Hyper-V was awful in 2008, it started getting better in 2012 and was pretty good in 2016, but still inferior to VMWare.
If you have a limited budget, this will be a tossup with KVM Open Source Hypervisor.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Hyper-V in production as well as for testing. Hyper-V is handy because it's available on all Windows servers and it's free. Microsoft has created a pretty competitive product in the virtualization space. Its major competitor being VMware's ESXi. Hyper-V can be managed via SCVMM or individually on each host system. It has the native Windows look and feel to it, which is a real advantage for shortening learning curves and adoption. It's easy to implement, to use, and to manage. Microsoft has taken the financial sting out of virtualization by making it part of its server product. Hyper-V, like all virtualization technologies, makes business sense because it leverages hardware resources that would otherwise go wasted. For example, a standard database server might cost $8,000, but only might be utilized in the range of 30 to 40 percent. Virtualization takes that same $8,000 server and hosts many types of systems including the database system, which saves a lot of money on hardware infrastructure.
  • Hyper-V is native Windows, so it's optimized for the Windows platform. Virtual machines are very well behaved in this environment, which is a great benefit for administrators.
  • Hyper-V is very easy to implement and to use. A short learning curve is essential for maintaining a high level of productivity in a business. Even the newest of administrators can become proficient almost immediately with Hyper-V.
  • Hyper-V is flexible in which type of hardware you can use for host systems. This is especially cost-effective in businesses where IT budgets are already stretched. Being able to use a wide range of hardware systems as hosts helps maximize hardware utilization while keeping costs down because small shops don't have to go out and spend tens of thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest hardware. You can pretty much use what you have on hand, with few exceptions.
  • Hyper-V doesn't support some of the more cost-effective storage systems such as GlusterFS. It's unfortunate because while Hyper-V is certainly cost-effective, good leveraged storage solutions to support it are not.
  • I wish Hyper-V had the capability similar to VMware's DRS so that VMs could move about to balance utilization without having to use SCVMM and SCOM to get similar capabilities. SCVMM and SCOM are really too expensive and heavy for smaller shops that need DRS without the overhead.
Hyper-V is well-suited to smaller environments and those that have budgetary constraints. It's also very good for those businesses that need an inexpensive virtualization solution but also doesn't want to go open source. There are a few limitations with using Hyper-V but careful planning and good administration can overcome most of them. If I were asked to build a large (>100 systems) mission-critical environment, I wouldn't use Hyper-V. It's good for smaller installations, but VMware is really more scalable and better suited to large environments. Some might disagree that Hyper-V falls short but for my money, VMware is the better choice in those situations. I really like Hyper-V, but you have to be ready to make some concessions for its shortcomings.
Stefan Trbojevic | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I use Hyper-V for my personal needs. I use it for the virtual environment of solving possible issues that can happen inside this virtual network. Such as DNS, IP conflict, sharing, and permissions. I had around 7 machines and one of them was a server machine. Hyper-V helps me to easily toggle between those machines and pinpoint the issue without any trouble.
  • Remote Connection works perfectly. It's easy to set up, control and maintain.
  • Organizing your environment is really easy. You can label every machine and leave notes next to them so you don't get confused.
  • Doesn't waste any necessary resources. It manages RAM and CPU usage pretty well, sleep option works like a charm.
  • It should be able to provide end user with a more convenient first setup of Virtual or remote Machine. It should be able to do this with machines on the local network.
  • Some automatization is needed on the maintenance level, there is a lot of things that you have to do manually instead automatically.
Hyper-V is well suited for some larger scale networks and projects. It shouldn't be used in any case as a Virtual player for one single virtual machine. So the downside of Hyper-V would be its lack of awareness for a single Virtual machine but better usage overall for a great number of machines.

Hyper-V is good for maintaining real networks and connecting to the servers.
Peter Anderson BEng MCSA | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use Hyper-V for production servers and virtualising test environments across the organisation.

For testing it allows us to quickly roll back a machine to a 'clean' environment, enabling us to guarantee testing from a known point. This is something that is done very regularly in our business as we are a software development house and need that guarantee that the test environment is not spoiled by a previous build of our software, or an operating system update.

Almost all of our servers are now virtualised, this helps us manage our physical environment by reducing the hardware requirements. It also allows virtualised machines to be ported with ease if a problem arises on the host server.
  • Checkpoints - used on a daily basis many times, we would be lost without this functionality.
  • Flexibility - Hyper-V manages its hardware demands seamlessly distributing memory across the guest machines without compromising the guests or the host.
  • Ease of administration - Tied into the Windows OS (Server and 10 now) it is very easy to get a virtual environment running.
  • Hyper-V Manager - our main Hyper-v server (for test VMs) has many virtual machines on it, and we find managing more than a handful of machines in the Hyper-V manager can become a little cumbersome.
Hyper-V works really well when you have a machine that you want to roll back on a regular basis, for purposes such as testing software. In some situations, such as hosting graphics-intensive applications, Hyper-V (while having RemoteFX available in some environments) can be an unnecessary piece of the puzzle where a 'real' machine would be more appropriate.
Chris Gigliotti | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Hyper-V across the entire organization. Everything that requires a server is virtualized, and Hyper-V makes it easy to configure a fault-tolerant cluster for a very low price. With replication, we also don’t worry as much about downtime or data loss.
  • Easy to configure.
  • Free with every copy of Windows Server
  • Dynamically adjustable memory on the VMs
  • Clustering can be tricky to configure
  • Replication sometimes fails and needs to be reconfigured.
  • Easy to lose track of VMs created.
  • Built-in backup tools inadequate.
Great for small to medium-sized offices with modest needs. Once you get to large businesses, managing and configuring your VMs requires dedicated staff.