There are a couple of new cool and awesome features and capabilities introduced in Windows Server 2012’s Hyper-V. They are Live Storage Migration where you have an option to just move the VHD instead of the whole VM. And Windows Server 2012’s Hyper-V introduces a whole new VHDX format, which supports up to 64 TB. If virtual hard disk size capacity matters to you, then VHDX is great for you. Find out more on Live Storage Migration at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/8523.windows-server-8-live-storage-migration-en-us.aspx. There are some comprehensive guided steps-by-steps in print screens on how to do this.
What’s new in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012? Among the new technical capabilities are Client Hyper-V, Hyper-V module for Windows PowerShell, Hyper-V Replica, Resource Metering, simplified authorization, SR-IOV, Storage Migration, Storage on SMB3 file share, Virtual Fibre Channel and Virtual NUMA.
Among the improvements engineered into this new version of Hyper-V’s existing features are Dynamic Memory, Live Migration, Importing of Virtual Machines, Virtual hard disk format (VHDX, up to 64TB now), Virtual Machine Snapshots and Virtual Switch.
The complete list of new and updated features can be found here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831410.aspx.
Last but not least, Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 is significantly increased and improved in scalibility and resiliency. Please refer to Hyper-V Scalability in Windows Server 2012 in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj680093.aspx.
For Feature Comparison Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, there is a comprehensive guide in PDF here download.microsoft.com/download/2/C/A/2CA38362-37ED-4112-86A8-FDF…
We can notice that Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 is distinctly and remarkably improved on its scalability and resiliency. An tremendously awesome news to many Virtualization Professionals!
To try out the new Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, you can download an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012 in here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh670538.aspx
Also, for Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation software, please go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh505660.aspx?wt.mc_id=TEC_103_1_33
For more self-guided learning on other Microsoft products, you can go to http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com. There are a couple of new exciting Windows Server 2012 courses just added. If you are a travelling user and if enjoy doing some self-guided Windows Server 2012 hands-on labs in an “Anytime, Anywhere” basis, you can try out the Windows Server 2012 virtual labs at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/hh968267.aspx. They are cool and awesome, enjoy!