TechEd NA 2014 – What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V?

Speakers: Benjamin Armstrong (Principal Program Manager on the Hyper-V team), Didier Van Hoye (Working Hard in IT).

Overview (Source Microsoft®):
Ch9-HVSession-TechEd2014Ben and Didier

The Gentlemen discussed and showed the following new features in Hyper-V 2012 R2 during the session:

– UNMAP and ODX performance comparison between VHD and VHDX.

– VHDX and data resiliency.

– Hyper-V Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA).

– Generation 1 Vs. Generation Virtual Machines.

– Convert Generation 1 to Generation 2 VMs running on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, you can download the script from here

New: Generation 2 Support for Linux underway…

– Enhanced VM Interaction (Enhanced session Mode using Remote Desktop over VMBus).

– Online Virtual Hard Disk Resize (Dynamically Grow or Shrink SCSI VHDX on the fly).

– Storage QoS (Bandwidth Management on a per virtual disk basis, work with virtual IDE, SCSI for Gen 1 and Gen 2 Virtual Machines), more info here.

– Guest Clustering with Virtual Hard Disk Sharing.

– Deduplication with Running Virtual Machines for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

– Live Cloning (Live Export) of a running Virtual Machine.

– Protecting Virtual Machines from Network Outages (Detects network failures).

– Virtual RSS (vRSS), Virtual Receive Side Scaling that allows the load from virtual network adapter to be distributed across multiple virtual processors in a virtual machines, more info here.

– Zero-downtime upgrade from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V including Shared Nothing Live Migration.

– Faster Live Migration comparison between (TCP/IP Vs. Compression Vs. SMB MultiChannel/Direct).

– Hyper-V Replica and Extended Replication to a third location in the box and now you can replicate to Microsoft Azure with Azure Site Recovery service, more info here.

Enjoy your day!

Cheers,
Charbel

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Charbel Nemnom is a Microsoft Cloud Consultant and Technical Evangelist, totally fan of the latest's IT platform solutions, accomplished hands-on technical professional with over 15 years of broad IT Infrastructure experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize performance of mission-critical enterprise systems. Excellent communicator adept at identifying business needs and bridging the gap between functional groups and technology to foster targeted and innovative IT project development. Well respected by peers through demonstrating passion for technology and performance improvement. Extensive practical knowledge of complex systems builds, network design and virtualization.

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