What's new on Hyper-V 2012 R2? Top 5 new Hyper-V 2012 R2 features

5 Top Features on Hyper-V 2012 R2

There's a lot of new features and so much great thing on this new release.

1. New Gen of VM's

Generation 2 virtual machines
  • Legacy free !!! This is really nice, finally !
  • UEFI based
  • Many emulated devices removed
  • Boots from virtual SCSI or synthetic network adapters
  • Enables UEFI secure boot standard
  • Supported guest operating systems:
  • 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • 20% Faster VM Boot / 50% Faster OS Install inside VM 



2. Enhanced VM Interaction Remote Desktop over VMBus/ Hardware

Full remote desktop capabilities
  • Shared clipboard
  • Audio redirection
  • Enhanced login
  • and much more….
  • Enabled even when the network is down
  • Integrated into Hyper-V Management experience

Automatic Activation
  • Virtual machines are automatically activates when hosted on Window Server 2012 Datacenter edition
  • Zero touch activation of VMs for hosters / enterprises
  • USB pass-through this one now can be enabled (GPO).



3. Zero downtime migration 
That means this improvement will help us a lot when migrating.
  • Live migration VMs from  Server 2012 to Server 2012 R2
  • Compression
  • Over 2x improvement in live migration time
  • No hardware changes are required
  • Enabled by default
  • SMB Direct
  • Utilizes existing and new high-end networks
  • Enables super high-speed live migrations
  • Supports SMB Multichannel to leverage multiple interfaces


 4. Online VHDX re-size, Live Migration/ Export

  • Increase and decrease the size of VHD while VM is live ( one of the best features)
  • Export VM while it is running
  • Export a complete copy – including memory state
  • Export any snapshot of a virtual machine
  • Compatibility In Windows Server 2012 R2 from Windows Server 2012
  • Live migration
  • Saved states
  • Checkpoints (aka Snapshots)


5. Disaster Recovery / Hyper-V Replica

  • Extended replication,  this will help a lot for redundancy adding a second replica.
  • Replica now can be used for SQL Servers because of  the interval changes in the replication (30 sec, 5 min, 15 min)
  • Finer grained control of replication


 Why do we pay VMware a lot of money if Hyper-V is included in the OS and does the same  thing???


David Acevedo

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