Articles about Hyper-V


Tintri adds Hyper-V to its virtualised server support

Hybrid flash/disk array upstart Tintri has added Hyper-V to its virtualised server support, to sit alongside its existing VMware and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation services. Tintri's schtick, apart from a ground-up design for its hybrid array VMstore hardware and Tintri OS software, is its presentation of storage as just …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2014

Unidesk jumps into Hyper-V VDI

Unidesk is a company that's well-regarded in desktop virtualisation (VDI) circles because its layering and one-virtual-disk-for-many-guest-desktops technologies do some nice things like allowing one golden master of a virtual desktop and then delivering custom combinations of apps to individual users. That's a handy trick …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2015
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Dell inserts Hyper-V smarts into its DL backup boxen

Dell has added two new back-up appliances to its range, top-and-tailing its existing DL1000 product and adding neat features such as virtual standby VMs. The DL series range is for small and medium businesses and are PowerEdge servers running AppAssure software. The 1U DL1000, with 2TB-3TB of capacity, was announced in July 2014 …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015

Watch this! A webinar about Extended Hyper V Replica

Video Youtube Video In this 90-minute webinar, QA's Paul Gregory examines the advanced features introduced within Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2. Strictly one for techies! The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in April 2014. No registration is required to watch the recordings …
David Gordon, 22 May 2014
Gridstore HCA

Gridstore bigs up hyper-converged box: Our storage nodes 'know' what Hyper-V needs

Gridstore has introduced hyper-converged appliances for Hyper-V, including an all-flash variant. The startup has so far produced scale-out Storage Nodes that are aware of Hyper-V VM needs. Its Hyperconverged Appliance (HCA) complements these, we're told, and take Gridstore into competition with Maxta, Nutanix, Scale Computing …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2014
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Recovery-ware upstart Zerto: From Hyper-V to VMware and back again

In a blow against hypervisor lock-in, Recovery-ware startup Zerto has extended its VMware hypervisor-based technology to embrace Hyper-V, providing cross-hypervisor replication from VMware to Hyper-V or vice versa. Virtual machines can now be continuously protected by Zerto's changed block-level replication to a second server or …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2014
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Hyper-V telling fibs about Linux guest VMs

If Microsoft's Hyper-V was found to treat Linux guests as second-class citizens, the resulting storm of controversy would probably generate enough heat and light to make a dent in some climate change models. So there are probably a few brows being mopped down Redmond way this week over this knowledge base article titled “ …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2014
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VM herder Tintri tries on Red Hat, plans support for Microsoft Hyper-V

Hybrid startup Tintri, whose hybrid arrays are VMware virtual machine-centric in their operation and management, now supports Red Hat's KVM as well. Tintri OS 3.0 has the KVM support and customers can deploy multiple hypervisors on a single VMstore. This version also has RBAC and Active Directory and LDAP integration enabling …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2014
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Daddy EMC pushes past VMware, muscles into Microsoft Hyper-V shops

EMC has joined a Microsoft Cloud OS Accelerate programme and is going solo into the Windows cloud market – without subsidiary sidekick VMware. The Cloud OS Accelerate initiative has VSPEX configs set up for Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V virtualisation using an EMC storage platform. An EMC Proven Solution (PDF) features …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014

Huawei and DataCore spawn a beautiful hyper-converged system

A hyper-converged server and storage system is coming as the offspring of a Huawei-DataCore deal giving channel partners of both an answer to Nutanix, SimpliVity, and EVO:RAIL-type offerings. Basically it’s Huawei FusionServer servers running DataCore SANsymphony-V software with Huawei Oceanstor direct-attached storage made into …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2015

Nutanix hyper-converges upwards with bells, whistles and KVM

Comment In the name of server and storage efficiency, Nutanix has added KVM hypervisor support, erasure coding and new management to its hyper-converged systems, and promised VVOL-type integration, container and file-serving support. The aim is evidently to increase scale-out X86 server node, storage and admin efficiency, and top-level …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2015
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Missed the Hyper V Virtual machine migration training?

Free training Last week we had a record-breaking number of readers, more than 1,800, tune in to enjoy our free live training offer - delivered with aplomb by QA's Paul Gregory and our own Tim Phillips. Today you can watch the recorded version - all the fun, but with no live Q&A, obviously. The virtual machine migration options have completely …
David Gordon, 28 May 2013
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Live Reg TV: We tour Server 2012's Hyper-V 3 and high availability

Hands-on On 18 June at 10:00 BST we've got our Tim Phillips and QA’s Paul Gregory diving into another feature of Windows Server 2012: using Hyper-V 3.0 to increase the availability of virtual machines. During the hour we will run through the improvements to system scalability, the failover cluster engine's ability to perform in-guest …
David Gordon, 06 Jun 2013

Gridstore claims it can hoik up data access speeds for Hyper-V VMs

GridStore has announced early access to version 3.0 of its storage product. So what? It's complicated but worth the study: Gridstore v3.0 allows servers to run Hyper-V virtual machines much more efficiently by tuning networked storage access to the individual needs of each VM. How it does that is the complex bit. The virtual …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2013

Welcome to the HYPER-converged bubble of HYPE! Enjoy it while it's here, storage folk

Comment The hype around hyper-converged systems is huge. Are we experiencing a hyper-converged systems bubble? Companies in the field are growing like crazy, especially Nutanix and Simplivity. Nutanix scooped a billion-dollar-plus valuation earlier this year after a $140m funding round. Meanwhile: Startups like Maxta, NIMBOXX, and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2014
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What hyper-converged storage really means for you

To paraphrase an old joke, ask three IT “experts” for a definition of hyper-convergence and you'll get four different answers - depending on which areas they work in and what their employers are currently trying to sell. We are going to simplify things though by looking at it through the prism of storage. This turns out to be a …
Bryan Betts, 05 Jun 2015

Hyper-convergence: Whither the alternative stack, VM lads?

Comment A few weeks ago I attended Storage Field Day 7 (SFD7). Most of the conversations we had during the event were about hyper-convergence. We had at least three meetings where hyper-convergence was centre-stage: Maxta, Springpath and VMware. The market is very active, to say the least, and still in an effervescently expanding phase …
The Register breaking news

Red Hat Linux: Now with Microsoft's Hyper-V drive

Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux 5.9 has landed with some cloudy love from Microsoft. The latest version of the Linux distro, released Tuesday, introduces drivers for Microsoft’s closed-source Hyper-V hypervisor rival to VMware’s vSphere. The inclusion of Microsoft’s drivers means improved interoperability and manageability for RHEL …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2013
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Cisco doesn't make hyper-converged gear, but if it did, it'd probably look like this

Blocks and Files Cisco is big in converged systems but nowhere in hyper-converged ones. What we mean by that is that Cisco is big in converged systems, such as VCE's Vblocks and the Cisco-NetApp FlexPods, but it doesn't have systems in the Nutanix and Simplivity class, which are more integrated than the Vblock and Flexpod systems. Now that Dell …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
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VMware's new enemy no. 1 isn't Hyper-V, it's Vladimir Putin

You can tell a lot about how a company is going by listening to financial analysts' questions at the end of an earnings conference call. When things are good – as they were in VMware's Q1 earnings call – analysts can almost gush. If there's a hint of weakness or illogic, analysts can find all sorts of things about which to ask …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2014

Cisco ports Nexus 1000V virtual switch to Microsoft's Hyper-V

Upstart server-maker Cisco is bounding around the Microsoft Management Summit this week in Las Vegas to talk about how it is plugging its technologies into Redmond's cloud stack. First up, as it promised it would do back in the summer of 2011, Cisco has ported its Nexus 1000V virtual switch to run atop Microsoft's Hyper-V server …
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Oracle puts database, middleware, Linux on Microsoft Hyper-V, Azure

If you were expecting some dramatic, cloudy news from Oracle and Microsoft, as the companies hinted last week they would reveal, you were likely disappointed by the nuts and bolts nature of what the two companies announced on Monday as part of an extended strategic partnership. No, Oracle is not shutting down its public cloud …
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NEC uncloaks freebie virtual switch for Hyper-V

Japanese server and switch provider NEC jumped out in front of other players in the market with an OpenFlow controller for managing forwarding tables and network workflow in virtualized switches, and now it has coded up its own virtual switch that runs inside of Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor. Like server virtualization rival …

Let's get graphical with Hyper-V

Review We recently had a good look at what it takes to get a Hyper-V failover cluster up and running using PowerShell. It isn't quite as scary as it is often made out to be, but like many command line interfaces it is the stuff of laminated cheat sheets for administrators who don't use those commands every day. The alternative is to …
Trevor Pott, 05 Jun 2013
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Microsoft, NetApp, Citrix, team for FreeBSD on Hyper-V

NetApp, Microsoft and Citrix have teamed up to let Free BSD run natively in Hyper-V. The move makes sense for Microsoft: FreeBSD may not be a major OS player, but W3techs says it still has 1.2 per cent of the web server market. If it enjoys even half of that market share for other servers, that almost certainly means plenty of …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft woos open-sourcers to float Hyper-V clouds

Microsoft is working with an Apache-licensed open-source project to make Hyper-V and Windows Servers an integral part of cloud-computing infrastructure. The software giant is providing support and technical guidance to OpenNebula to put Hyper-V on a list of hypervisors that the project officially supports. Prototype integration …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2011
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Microsoft holds peace talks after Hyper-V booted from OpenStack

Microsoft is in talks for its Windows hypervisor to be readmitted to the Linux-for-the-cloud project OpenStack. Rackspace, one of the prime movers behind OpenStack, said the cloud team is working with Redmond after Hyper-V was removed from the project's code because nobody was maintaining or updating it. Microsoft's software, …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2012
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The Register guide to Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V

In February we published the The Register Guide to Windows Server 2012 as a free ebook. (You can get it here via our ebooks page.) To date there has been about 8,000 downloads. To give you a flavour of the book, co-written by Trevor Pott and Liam Proven, we are publishing our third and final extract, about Hyper-V - but to read …
David Gordon, 10 Apr 2013

Microsoft Hyper-V floats Chinese military Linux

Microsoft's virtualisation stack is being updated to run a flavour of Linux built for China's national defence and other government systems. The world's largest software maker has signed a development and marketing agreement with China Standard Software Co (CS2C) to target China's cloud market . The focus is to make the …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2011

The good and the bad in Hyper-V's PowerShell

As the great virtual war between Microsoft, VMware and various also-rans has rumbled on, many column inches have been devoted to Microsoft's Hyper-V Server. You can light up a cluster of 64 nodes and 8,000 virtual machines if you choose, it is said. Hyper-V server is free, you don't have to pay Microsoft a dime. That's a great …
Trevor Pott, 30 May 2013
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It's alive! Shared-nothing migration puts the spark into Hyper-V

Shared-nothing live migration may be the most exciting feature to emerge from Microsoft's Hyper-V 3 virtualisation push. Shared-nothing migration is the ability to move a virtual machine from one virtual host to the another where those hosts lack mutual access to centralised storage. The "live" part means the virtual machine …
Trevor Pott, 04 Jul 2013

Microsoft's Hyper-V 3.0 coming to Windows 8?

Microsoft is slipping its Hyper-V virtualization software into the forthcoming Windows 8, according to a report. blogger Robert McLaws writes that he has uncovered code for Hyper-V version 3.0 in a leaked, early build of the Windows 8 code base. McLaws has spotted a number of enhancements in Microsoft's …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jun 2011
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Veeam stretches VM backup to Hyper-V

Veeam Software, one of myriad vendors of archiving and disaster recovery software vendors that has sprung up to tame virtual server environments, has revved up its aptly named Veeam Backup & Replication tool to v6, and expanded out beyond the safe bet of coping with VMware ESX Server and ESXi hypervisors to wrestling with VMs …

SimpliVity opens its doors to KVM, OpenStack

Hyper-converged infrastructure company SimpliVity has announced it now supports the KVM hypervisor and OpenStack. SimpliVity's schtick is that everything below the hypervisor – especially data compression and de-duplication for back-up, networking and cloud-tiering storage – should be handled by a hyper-converged appliance. It …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2015

Cisco's virtual switching comes to Hyper-V 3.0 next year

It looks like Microsoft's Hyper-V server virtualization hypervisor is maturing enough at the jump to Windows 8 Server next year that Cisco Systems needs to make it a full peer to VMware's ESXi hypervisor, which has been the preferred virtualization layer on the "California" Unified Computing System servers from Cisco for the …

HP confirms Hyper-V LeftHand appliance

HP is planning to develop a Hyper-V version of its VMware-based LeftHand Networks virtual storage appliance (VSA). VSA is LeftHand SAN/iq software packaged to run as a virtual machine under VMware. Like SAN/iq itself it turns direct-attached storage (DAS) on its server, or PC, host, into storage area network (SAN) storage. …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2010
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Game to go a round with a Spartan? Microsoft will pay if you bruise it

Redmond will expand its bug-bounty program ahead of the launch of Windows 10, including a two-month hunt for vulnerabilities in its Project Spartan browser. If you want to play Athens to Microsoft's Spartan, there's as much as US$15,000 up for grabs for remote code execution bugs, sandbox escapes, and “design-level security bugs …

Tintri adds tincture of all-flash array to its range

Hybrid array upstart Tintri has launched its first all-flash array (AFA) along with a VMstack Converged Infrastructure for its channel partners to build and sell. The sub-millisecond-latency VMstore T5000 joins the three existing T800 hybrid array products with Tintri’s OS, now at v4.0, running across all five and providing a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS strikes Hyper-V first with Microsoft

There’s a little love and yet a lot of rivalry between the latest Ubuntu build and Microsoft's Windows. For servers Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, released on Thursday, has been engineered to run on Redmond’s Hyper-V, the Windows 2008 Server virtualization engine. On the desktop Canonical thinks its changes around thin-client computing will …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Apr 2012
The Black Knight, defeated

Microsoft goes cloud KERR-AZY, chops Windows Server to bits

Updated Microsoft has taken wraps off its latest tools for the modern data center, including a new application container tech for Windows and a micro-sized version of Windows Server that's tailored for cloud deployments. We first heard rumors of Microsoft's so-called Nano Server in March, when a leaked slide deck suggested that Redmond …
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2015
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It's still 2015, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a webpage

Microsoft has today released patches for 56 security vulnerabilities in its products. People should apply the updates as soon as possible because miscreants are actively exploiting at least two of the holes – and likely more by the time you read this. The September patch batch includes critical fixes for Internet Explorer and …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2015

Microsoft floats Hyper-V iron cloud alliance

Microsoft and six of its server chums have joined forces to inflate so-called private clouds with pre-validated hardware running Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2. On Monday, at its TechEd Europe conference in Berlin, Germany, the company announced the Hyper-V Cloud Program, a set of planned systems and services to float …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2010

Embotics delays Microsoft Hyper-V support

The customer is always right. At least until they go off maintenance. That's why Embotics – a maker of a virtual machine provisioning, capacity, and lifecycle management tool called V-Commander – has delayed support for Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor until later this year. V-Commander integrates with VMware's vCenter Server …
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Listen up, VMware admins: If the array won't support it, VVOL won't help you...

Comment VMware's VVOL allows VMware admins to manage storage arrays through the API – but it doesn't necessarily mean they get to use all the VVOL data services. PernixData's Tech Evangelist Frank Denneman told us: "The interesting bits in the VVOL announcement are the supported 'Data Service' capabilities. As VVOL is an API, you can …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2015

Nutanix 'working on a homebrew hypervisor', sources tell El Reg

We're not quite sure why Nutanix would be working on its own hypervisor, but apparently it is, The Register has learned. Sources on both sides of the Atlantic tell us development work on the hypervisor has reached an advanced state. The startup, based in San Jose, California, expects to talk about its efforts at its user …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2015
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Hands on with Windows Server 2016 Containers

First Look Microsoft has released Technical Preview 3 of Windows Server 2016, including the first public release of Windows Server Containers, perhaps the most interesting new feature. A container is a type of virtual machine (VM) that shares more resources than a traditional VM. “For efficiency, many of the OS files, directories and …
Tim Anderson, 31 Aug 2015

VKernel does Hyper-V bean counting

Capacity-management tools provider VKernal, working with Microsoft, has fashioned a chargeback tool that is being revealed to the world Tuesday at Redmond's TechEd Europe conference in Berlin. CIOs love virtual machines because they help them run efficient infrastructure, but CFOs are learning to love them because — thanks to …

StorageWorks goes Citrix and Hyper-V virtual

HP is automating the provisioning and virtualisation of its storage arrays with Citrix and Microsoft server virtualisation. It's supporting Citrix's StorageLink interface to enable its EVA, MSA and LeftHand arrays to be used to better effect in Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. Virtual server, desktop and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2009

Microsoft kills TWO Hacking Team vulns: NOT the worst in this Patch Tues either

Microsoft has released fixes for 59 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its software – including a patch for the elevation-of-privilege flaw in Windows exploited by spyware maker Hacking Team. There's a patch (MS15-065) for a remote-code execution bug in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and 8.1 that also emerged from the Hacking …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2015

Microsoft's patchy patchwork extends to Virtual Machine Manager

Redmond's patchwork mess has extended to Virtual Machine manager, after a recent patch spoiled when exposed to the sun. Update Rollup 5 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager emerged in early February, promising security, reliability and networking improvements, plus support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2015