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The first post for our March series – The Hyper-V Primer – 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 1 of 20) – by Kevin Remde is up on his blog.
WHAT IS IT HYPER-V?
Hyper-V is just a part of the full Microsoft virtualization solution. It is the engine that supports running multiple virtualized installations of operating systems on top of a single physical operating system. Hyper-V is a “microkernalized hypervisor”, which is fancy-talk for “it’s a very thin layer that runs underneath the installed operating system”, to support many “machines” (including the main OS) running on and sharing the resources of the hardware. Even though your Windows Server 2012 or even Windows 8 with Hyper-V enabled is installed on hardware, virtualization is actually even supporting that main operating system as what is known as the “Parent (or Root) Partition”; still running on top of virtualization, but having higher-priority than the “child partitions” that are the virtualized machines.