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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Score 9 out of 10
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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.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We started using it initially as an environment for our SCCM imaging environment because you could import the Windows images fairly easily. We have since expanded it to a test cluster and are moving to use it to host Citrix servers. The problem it solves is the licensing cost for VMware.
  • Using a scale-out file server for hosting the HyperV disk ensures no downtime.
  • Setting up the environment is easily done within a few hours.
  • Licensing cost - Free with an SLA.
  • Deploying VM's is very easy once it is set-up.
  • Apart from having to buy systems with large amounts of the local disk we have not run into an issue with Hyper-V as of yet, and you don't necessarily have to use local storage but storage spaces direct and scale-out file servers work better with local storage.
  • There is more of a hardware impact upon initial purchasing in my opinion.
  • Windows updates are hazardous to your Hyper-V server's health.
We are exploring using it in our VDI environment and it doesn't seem to be quite there for what we want it to do but it would work and would be free. It is also well suited to host our Citrix server environment. Using it as a replacement for VMware can take time to migrate from one environment to another but it can have significant cost savings.
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We utilize Hyper-V on a few servers to make best use of some of our hardware and to compartmentalize our infrastructure onto particular nodes. It was set up to help reduce hardware use. Specifically, we have Archicad in the office and it requires server nodes for each version, and we used to have a separate physical server for each version. We now have one with 2 VMs running on it.
  • Reduce hardware
  • Save money
  • Maximize investment on kit
  • Setup can be a little difficult and required some reading up on Hyper-v to get it all running properly
  • When we used failover clustering, we had some issues with performance so had to stop that
  • It can be tricky with updates
It's great if you already have a Windows server and need to create some more servers (using the 2 VM licensing allowance with server standard). It does pose an issue for backups though, as you have to be careful what and how you back them up. We've opted for Veeam and this seems to work well.
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I have been using a hyper-v cluster to host my VMs for the past 7+ years. It is fairly reliable (i am using an older version) and the failover between nodes works well most of the time. The cluster hosts multiple virtual machines, some business-critical, some not. Management is very easy, as it uses standard MS management consoles. Modifying the VMs is very easy, as well as creating a new one. All round, it is a good product, considering full-featured version is included with Windows Server for free (as part of your licensing).
  • Ease of management
  • Ease of set up
  • Fairly reliable
  • Comes bundled with your windows server licensing
  • Failover does not always work
  • Can be a bit slower compared to the competition
  • linking to shared storage for the vms can be very confusing
If you do not want to pay for VMWare full license, Hyper-V is perfect for you. It is bundled with Windows Server (i believe from 2008 onwards), and it is getting better and better with every new release. It is a solid platform.
If you want world-class reliability, seamless failover, look somewhere else. This could be because I am running an old version (one of our partners use Windows Server 2019 and Hyper-V there is amazing)!
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We have configured stand-alone Hyper-V servers and failover Hyper-V clusters. All of our servers are currently running under Hyper-V. From a cost perspective, all servers running windows under the Hyper-V node are free as long as you have a Windows datacenter license. This helps us keep costs down, and allows us to spin up new servers without additional licensing costs for the OS.
  • Live migration.
  • High availability.
  • Easily create new VMS.
  • Dynamically adjust RAM.
  • Troubleshooting can be difficult.
  • Occasional live migration failures are causing all other VM's to fail.
  • A fair bit of setup is needed to get a cluster configured and up.
I've always had good success with Hyper-V. Since we moved to Windows 2016, we have had issues with Windows updates taking hours to install. The server will sit at "please wait," while updates are installed for hours. It used to be minutes with Windows 2012R2. As a result, updating our Hyper-V servers takes an entire day instead of hours. Hopefully, this issue will be resolved with Windows 2019 Hyper-V.
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May 10, 2019

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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.
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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.
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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.
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We're a small IT operation in the higher education industry. We use Hyper-V as our primary production-grade virtualization tool. While it may not be as feature-packed as other options, it does what we need. At the end of the day we're just trying to virtualize infrastructure, and do not even need fancy high availability tools or near-real time replication. Just run more servers on less physical hardware.
  • Windows Server Virtualization
  • Windows Server Configuring
  • Uptime
  • Microsoft Licensing is Complicated
  • Harder to configure real-time migration
  • Focus on Microsoft products, support is weak for non-Microsoft systems
In education Hyper-V is still the best bet. In our case, it's included in our regular Microsoft licenses. VMware is a whole different issue when it comes to licensing and adds significant cost in our situation. The hardware requirements are also different for VMware. The big question is what you need versus what the virtualization software company wants to make you think you need.
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Hyper-V is being used by consultants like myself in our organization. Consultants often work for multiple different clients, each of which has different parameters for connecting to their systems. Some use VPNs or VMware, but others have their own VMs that we can manage locally with Hyper-V. This way we can conform to whatever standards the client requires with an image that they provide.
  • Switch Manager. Once you get your Hyper-V Manager set up, it is pretty easy to use the Virtual Switch Manager to toggle between different connection types for different VMs. It even allows you to change that switch configuration on a running instance without rebooting.
  • Multiple VMs. It is very easy to maintain multiple VMs, hence the name "Manager" in Hyper-V Manager.
  • Metrics. It is very easy to see the metrics for any specific instance. For example, the allocated memory, checkpoints, security settings, etc.
  • Initial Setup. Adding in new VMs is not an intuitive process. Going through the boot file, the ISO, and figuring out how to get that initial configuration right can be challenging.
  • Stability. Overall, it's pretty stable, but I have had my VM crash unexpectedly more times than I expected. It's caused me to take certain precautions in how I handle the data that I keep on there.
  • Connectivity. Although the Switch Manager is easy to use, establishing that initial connectivity within the VM can be tough. In a few instances, I had to do a number of resets and reboots in order to get it to work properly.
Well-Suited
1) Multiple VMs to manage. It works well if you have multiple VMs to manage, and don't have external software to connect to them (and would rather maintain them locally).
2) Specific images required. In the consulting world, if a client requires a specific OS image for their work, Hyper-V is perfect for maintaining that image.

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1) No image required. If the work that you do doesn't require a specific image, but rather just access to propriety data and systems, online portals might be a better option.
2) High levels of security. If you have a setup that requires token authentication, MFA, etc., maintaining all of that through an instance on Hyper-V can be challenging.
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Hyper-V is our bare-metal hypervisors. Anything that we run on-premise resides on a Hyper-V virtual machine. Our Hyper-V implementation is simple, with local storage on the servers and no failover clustering.
  • Hyper-V is free. Totally free. No feature limits aside from the lack of a GUI on the server itself, but so long as you have a Windows workstation, you can manage it remotely.
  • Remote management is excellent, and the default way to interact with the hypervisor.
  • PowerShell is extensively supported and very powerful. If you have complex needs or like to get your hands dirty, the tools are very powerful.
  • It's a very stable platform. Our hypervisors require so little maintenance it's a dream. And the virtual machines are also stable and fast.
  • There are some options not present in the GUI tools. It seems features are implemented with PowerShell commands before being brought to the GUI.
  • Hyper-V will sometimes be a bit slower to pick up new virtualization technologies like GPU sharing, as compared with VMware or even Microsoft's own Azure.
Hyper-V has been a very reliable hypervisor for use in an IT organization. It's free, well documented, and powerful. Where it may fall short is in a Linux shop, where existing tools and skills would be better spent on a nix hypervisor. Virtual networking support on Hyper-V is also not as advanced as something like VMware, potentially important for web hosting projects.
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We use Hyper-V as our preferred virtual machine solution. It got our organization off of physical servers and onto a modern format. The ease of conversion and use made Hyper-V the best program available to us. I never have had any problems with the software and have been very pleased with it overall.
  • Make changes on the go
  • Easy to migrate to
  • Great technical support
  • More in-depth options for further control of VMs
  • Cost
  • Clearer outline of future goals
It is a great application if you are looking for an alternative to VMware. I honestly do prefer VMware but Hyper-V does a good job of getting the job done.
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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.
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Score 8 out of 10
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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.
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We use Hyper-V (Windows Server 2016) to host our internal virtual server infrastructure. At the moment we use 4 Servers in a cluster to serve all our internal workloads. In addition, we consult our partners and customers in planning and implementation for Hyper-V as the virtualization platform. With Windows Server 2016 especially in combination with hyper-converged infrastructure with Storage Spaces Direct.
  • fast and easy deployment
  • clustering with live migration
  • direct integration in the OS
  • manageability (Windows Admin Center will solve this in future releases)
  • monitoring of virtual machines performance
Well suited:
  • Virtualization of internal infrastructure
  • Virtualizing Windows OS
  • SQL Server hosting

Less appropriate:
  • Hosting Linux web server farms
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Hyper-V is being used at remote locations to run multiple server instances on one physical box. This is being used across the organization at all remote locations. The business problem it addresses is providing a FREE (without system center) way to virtualize your environment.
  • FREE way to run multiple servers on one box
  • Easy to use - Just copy/paste a virtual machine to the box, and get to configuring
  • Integrates with other Microsoft products such as Active Directory
  • Like most other Microsoft products - having to find support can sometimes be challenging
  • Wish there were more ways to interface with the host - i.e. using Hyper-V to see the computer as it boots up
  • Backups are sometimes a challenge - either the virtual machine works....or it doesn't
If your in-house talent is very good with Microsoft products, and comfortable with dealing with problems that come up themselves, and have a tight budget - Microsoft Hyper-V works well. If your company would prefer to have a more reliable support contact - then VMWare may be a better option.
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April 26, 2018

HyperV Pro and Cons

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Hyper-V is used for a part of our development environment. It is built into Microsoft Server and easy to use. Also used in a branch office. It gives us the ease of use with both installation/configuration and managing the VMs including taking backups.
  • Create VMs, move VMs around all with PowerShell.
  • Creating snapshots is very easy, especially for our developers.
  • Hyper-V is in itself a free product, which makes it also a good product to use it in studying from home to extend my own knowledge and experience
  • The license costs can go fast when using it in a failover environment.
  • The virtual switch build into the product could have a better GUI for configuration
  • I would a direct build in backup function
Hyper-V is easy to use as a solution for a DTAP environment. For a small business, it is also suited well to run multiple VMs on just one server. In that case, it can function as an infrastructure solution. It is less suited to work in an environment with different hypervisors; it is not easy to migrate from VMWare to Hyper-V and vice versa.
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April 09, 2018

Hyper V working well!

Score 8 out of 10
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We use it to present multiple OSs on a single desktop, or on the network which is accessible to the entire company and employees. This is extremely useful to be able to use all platforms and all pieces of software we might need in order to customize scripts and coding the way we need to.
  • Running old software versions
  • Multiple operating systems
  • Testing and troubleshooting software apps
  • Virtual networking
  • The digital virtualization platform could certainly use some work
  • Bulk licensing
  • Discounts
Since Hypervisor technology is software on which multiple virtual machines can run, we use this very effectively for resource allocation to our virtual machines and our virtual desktop infrastructure platform, which is run on Nutanix, with Hyper V performing the sizing and allocation of compute, storage, and manual laborers that are needed.
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November 21, 2017

Hyper-V, the best

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Hyper-V is used across our whole organization as well as across the organizations of our main big customers. It is obviously used for virtualizing the servers. It makes sure we can easily set up redundancy and fail-over. tI also enables us to easily backup and restore in case of DR, even to different hardware.
  • using single jbods attached to several physical servers
  • fail-over
  • legacy OS
  • snapshots
  • attach USB devices
Any organization big enough to use AD should install it on top of Hyper-V in my opinion to streamline Disaster Recovery scenarios. Also when several server roles are needed it should be used to install then across different (virtual) instances. It is also great for test environments as you can install, or even re-image pre-installed, OSs
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Virtual machine automated provisioning (38)
7.4
Management console (44)
7.7
Live virtual machine backup (40)
8.3
Live virtual machine migration (43)
7.9
Hypervisor-level security (41)
8.0

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