Coming next month, a virtualization server (sometimes called a host) that you can download for free (as in Beer). Watch the Hypre-V Server page for more news. Scenarios for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 (notice that it is NOT called Windows Hyper-V Server) include:
- Test and Development
- Basic Server Consolidation
- Branch Office Consolidation
- Hosted Desktop Virtualization (VDI)
Note that Hyper-V Server comes with no UI, just like running the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2008 on a Serve Core installation. Among the things you DON'T get in Hyper-V Server:
- Hassle tying to activate from the command line - No Activation!
- No clustering
- No Quick Migration
- No large memory support (large meaning >32GB)
- No multi-proc support > 4 proc on the host
- No ability to run any other workload/Windows Server 2008 role
Read the system requirements for Hyper-V Server.
For more info: Read the Hyper-V Server FAQ.