As many people have said since the release of Windows Server 2012 and 2016, ‘Microsoft has finally done virtualization right’. There are several benefits along with tips to using Hyper-V in the enterprise when compared to other options such as VMWare.
- Cost Effective
Most companies already have Windows Server 2012 or 2016 licensing. Hyper-V is already included with those versions of Windows Server. So you do not need to go out and purchase additional software, it is already a feature.
With Hyper-V, you can deploy new servers within minutes, and you can perform cluster maintenance during the day without causing downtime to your users.
This is a feature within Hyper-V that can help you to replicate servers across a network or even a VPN more easier. You can also create checkpoints will save the state of your virtual machine and will save the contents on the hard disk and the configuration settings. This will allow you to easily revert back to a known good point of the Virtual Machine
VHD vs. VHDX
VHD files have been around for a while. In today’s world of virtualization, they are best to use when you will be using older operating systems. For instance, you would use a VHD file type for your virtual disk if you are using anything less than Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8. VHD files can have a maximum size of 2048 GB, which is about 2TB.
VHDX, however, are able to be much greater in size, in fact up to 64TB. VHDX require Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 and above. VHDX also offers the following benefits:
- Protects you from data corruption during power failures.
- Greater block sizes for dynamic disks and differencing disks.
- Better performance on large sectors.
- Custom Metadata.
- Ability to use Trim Technology. (Learn more click here!)