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Virtual PC Guy's WebLog Well, I just realized that I had dived into talking about how to do things with Hyper-V without first taking the time to orient you on some of the terminology used. So I would now take the time to correct that. Note that many of these terms are not used in the user interface / documentation for Hyper-V. The reason for this is that from an operational 'getting things done' point of view you do not need to know about most of this. However, once you start discussing architecture it becomes necessary to know about this stuff. However, once you start discussing architecture it becomes necessary to know about this stuff:Hypervisor The hypervisor is to Hyper-V what the kernel is to Windows.  The hypervisor is not all of Hyper-V, it is just the lowest level component that is responsible for interaction with core hardware.  The hypervisor is responsib... (more)

Virtualization - How Come Hyper-V Doesn't Feel Like a Hypervisor Based Solution?

When I have talked to people about Hyper-V - I have often come across the sentiment that Hyper-V doesn't feel like a hypervisor based virtualization solution.  You install Windows, enable a role and then have virtual machines - how is this different from the Virtual Server type experience? So let me step you through this: The first thing you do with your server is to install Windows Server 2008.  At this stage no virtualization is involved - and it is just plain old Windows.Once you have done this you enable the Hyper-V role and reboot the computer. Now things get interesting...W... (more)