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Difference between the hyper-v on Windows 8 /8.1 and Serve

  1. #11

    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64

    No, I answered your question - the Hypervisors are the same; the features are not. Simply, if you want enterprise-grade features and management, you pay for Server and System Center licensing, and those options are available. There's no need on a Windows 8.1 client for (for example) Hyper-V replica, or compression on replication, or the features that require SCVMM (again, enterprise-grade management features not found in Windows 8.1 - I did mention this) or features that need a Windows cluster underneath - again, you need a Windows Server OS for this, as it's a non-Hyper-V server feature, clustering, that Hyper-V takes advantage of and builds on. Features like Enhanced Session Mode are found on both client and server, because they both benefit without requiring any additional software or configuration.

    If you want server features, buy a Server license. If you want a free PV type 1 hypervisor, use Windows 8.1. It's not inferior, it's a client hypervisor meant for testing. If you want to use Hyper-V with enterprise-grade management and the features that turns on, you use a Windows Server OS (or the free Hyper-V server product, but you still need licenses to run Windows VMs and you'd still need System Center licenses for some of the more advanced stuff like disk resizing online and such).

    I'm not exactly sure how that makes Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 inferior, but perhaps you have a different idea of what a client OS should be able to do without access to the additional things that the Windows Server OS brings that Hyper-V can take advantage of on that platform (when paired with SCVMM for certain things as well).

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  2. #12

    Posts : 354
    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V

    I think he's misunderstanding the point of the intended uses of the client and server Hyper-V platforms.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 27
    Windows Serve 2012 R2

    thanks all and many many special thanks to cluberti for his time in such a detailed reply.

    i am feeling enlightened..
    and also feels i need to read more about microsoft technologies.
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