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

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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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