Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V 10 Minute Tour – Redux

Windows Server 2008 is in the RTM process so for all practical purposes, it's shipped.  Inside is a beta of Hyper-V.  Hyper-V will be setting the stage for a whole new wave of technologies so with that in mind, I thought I'd give you a quick peek at the product via a screencast video I created.  I actually published this in September but have re-encoded it for Silverlight streaming.


I love that name.  It's catchy and kewl.  It sounds like a supervisor for hyper space or something.  It does of course refer to the new thin layer that is installed on Windows Server 2008 also know at the virtualization parent partition.  It's also a a term used industry wide so when you hear the term, it doesn't just refer to the Microsoft implementation.

Our hypervisor, code named "Viridian" and now called Hyper-V, is an installable Windows Server 2008 role.  After installation of this role, you can start installing one or more child partitions in which to run your virtualization workloads.  Installation of those virtual machines is fairly straight forward although there are some things you need to be aware of.

Virtual Machine Additions

In order to use the new high speed VMBUS, you'll want to uninstall any previous additions from Virtual PC or Virtual Server, then install the integration components for Hyper-V.  We're looking at making that transition as painless as possible, but you'll have to work through some of this manually until we get that work done.


You'll notice when you start looking at the CTP (and the screencast demo below), that we've added the ability to take snapshots of your virtual machines in either an online or offline state.  This gives you a look into the VSS capabilities that are coming. This is going to offer much more flexibility in your high availability and disaster recovery planning.

Double click the player for a full screen view.

Management Tools

We do of course ship a management console with Hyper-V which you'll see in the demos.  However, our strategy is to take advantage of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 product for advanced management of the virtualization partitions, VM workloads, monitoring, reporting, resource assignments, etc.  You simple won't believe what's coming and I'm not going to spill all of the beans just yet, but you can count on some deep dives later.

The Screencast

Take a look at the screencast and go on a tour of Hyper-V.  The video is a little over ten minutes in length and I tried to hit some of the key areas so you can get a quick technical overview of the product.  If you want to save this local and review it offline, please right mouse click the second link and "SAVE AS".

Save Local -

Other Resources

A number of new websites have gone live in the past week or so.  Here are a few of my favorites.  You haven't seen anything yet.  We are just getting started.

Comments (9)

  1. ESX Fan says:

    ESX kills this product.  

    Of course MS will keep adding ESX like features until they are close all for free and take a large chunk of the market, based on price alone.

    Most people create VM’s of Windows server, because Windows is basically a 1 app server in the enterprise world causing it to multiply like rabbits.

    The whole thing is ironic.

  2. Mr Chas says:

    Ha Ha,

    Sounds like someone is scared of change and losing their job…


  3. Keith Combs says:

    Yea right.  We’ll see about that.

    Just curious ESX Fan, have you installed Windows Server 2008 RTM bits?  I think you are going to find it’s a great hypervisor stack and we are going to have a super offering when we get it shipped, and ship the next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).

    And if you want to stay with ESX and get more out of that investment, SCVMM will help you manage the ESX virtualization workloads as well.

  4. Justin Kalis says:

    How do you capture your screen to record your webcasts? Or should I say what product do you use, and are there freeware apps that can do this?

  5. PJ says:

    What’s up with the audio?  Or is it just me?

  6. PJ says:

    To Justin Kalis:

    Adobe Captivate or Camtasia

  7. David Sloane says:

    I’m concerned that the performance enhancements in Hyper-V could have broken down some of the barriers between the host and guest OS and hardware – is there a thorough abstraction of resources between guests and hosts?  Is Microsoft pursuing Common Criteria security certifications for Hyper-V?

  8. DaveLev says:

    Really enjoyed the screencast, Keith – thank you.

  9. Thanks Keith, for this nice webcast. Now I am really sad, that my hardware is too old to run Hyper-V … I guess I have to stick with Virtual Server 2005.

    ESX Fan: if you are running Windows under VMWare Products, I hope you are aware, that there is only limited support for these, and without Premium Support, you will actually not be able to do any Service Request with MS!

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