Hyper-V is a good product to quickly setup lab environments or test machines on your local computer
March 25, 2022

Hyper-V is a good product to quickly setup lab environments or test machines on your local computer

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Hyper-V

In our organization, Hyper-V is mostly used to create a separate test environment. These are labs that consist of one or more machines, mostly Microsoft Windows operating systems, where software is installed to reproduce issues. In our business as a software vendor, I as a technical support engineer, often need to create new environments for testing purposes. This is where Hyper-V comes in handy.
  • Ability to create new machines.
  • Change the configuration of machines, like memory or CPU.
  • Export import virtual machines from/to another Hyper-V environment.
  • The network configuration for the machines is not that easy to set up. E.g. to have them contact the internet, for example, create VLANs.
  • Snapshot management can be a bit more user-friendly. A good overview of snapshots is missing.
  • The efficiency of resource usage can be better.
  • Ability to create new virtual machines quickly.
  • It is integrated in the Windows 10/11 OS.
  • It's integrated in the Windows 10/11 OS. No additional costs.
  • It costs less time to setup reproductions when using virtual machines.
I switched to VMware Workstation Pro, after using Hyper-V for several years. The thing I missed in Hyper-V was the network management which has too less configuration options compared to VMware Workstation Pro. Also managing the snapshots was more user-friendly in VMware Workstation Pro. The pro for Hyper-V is definitely the integration in the Operating System without additional costs. Also, updates are available very quickly.

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VMware Workstation Pro, Ivanti Workspace Control (powered by RES), Microsoft Teams
At first, I only used Microsoft Hyper-V on my own computer. This virtualization software, Hyper-V, is very good to use for creating local labs with one or more virtual machines to do reproductions. Or to perform tests without affecting any production environment. Since this is only used on a local computer, I can't tell how it performs or how manageable it is when used in production environments.

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