The Hyper-V server role in Windows Server lets you create a virtualized server computing environment where you can create and manage virtual machines. You can run multiple operating systems on one physical computer and isolate the operating systems from each other. With this technology, you can improve the efficiency of your computing resources and free up your hardware resources. For the most current versions of the topics in this section, see Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview.
Review the following resources to learn why you should use Hyper-V.
- Compare VMware - Why Microsoft.
- Learn about the features in Hyper-V.
- Learn about the Windows and Linux supported guest operating systems for Hyper-V virtual machines.
- Download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster and Hyper-V Mini-Posters.
- Check out the Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation Center.
- Find more evaluation resources about Virtualization for your modern datacenter and hybrid cloud.
Scenarios and whitepapers
- Achieving Over 1-Million IOPS from Hyper-V VMs in a Scale-Out File Server Cluster Using Windows Server 2012 R2 (whitepaper)
- Building Your Cloud Infrastructure
- Increasing Server, Storage, and Network Availability
- Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide