How does Hyper-V work?
A server where Hyper-V is installed is known as a host and virtual machines created on the host are called guests. Once a virtual machine has been created, an operating system can be installed.
Hyper-V typically uses additional resources on your PC to run, and runs from the same hardware as your original system – powering from your processor, hard disk and RAM just like any other server. As long as you have enough resources to donate to your virtual systems, you can install as many virtual machines as you wish.
Hyper-V manager is the user interface used to control most aspects of your virtual machines. Hyper-V administrators can create, modify and delete virtual machines and manage virtual hard disks, switches and checkpoints.
- Familiarity – virtual machines are designed to operate and ‘feel’ the same as physical machines.
- Compatibility is not just limited to Microsoft systems. It can install Microsoft server systems, Microsoft client systems, as well as Linux operating systems. Therefore, Hyper-V provides the best of both worlds for those who wish to implement it.
- Scalability – Businesses can easily expand operations without the need to add more physical hardware. This saves time and money.
- Cloning – making an exact copy of a virtual machine can be done almost instantaneously, in comparison to cloning a physical machine which would be incredibly complex and drain resources.
- Backup – provides easy recovery.
Hyper-V vs. VMware
There is a lot of debate as to which hypervisor is the best on the market. The general conclusion is that neither one trumps the other. Much like the Android vs. IOS debate – it comes down to preference.
Choosing a hypervisor largely depends on your business’s needs and goals. Differences in both hypervisors do not vary massively. For example, Hyper-V slightly exceeds VMware in scalability and cost, but VMware is a bare metal hypervisor that does not require an OS to run. Ultimately, it is best to consider your business requirements, conduct research into the nooks and crannies of each hypervisor and make an informed decision.
Hyper-V licensing can be tricky to understand at first. Users often equate owning the free version of Hyper-V, or owning Windows Server Hyper -V role to unlimited usage of the hypervisor. However, a user is required to license any additional operating systems that are running on the virtual machine. Of course, free, open source OS such as Hyper-V Linux can be run for free on virtual machines, but if you wish to run another Windows OS, users are required to license it just the same as if you were using another PC in physical form.
Hyper-V Windows 10
Hyper-V allows you to run multiple Windows 10 computers on the same virtual machine.
How to use Hyper-V
Expand – Add multiple operating systems to your computer.
Save – Eradicate the need for additional hardware.
Mix – Experience the best of both worlds with generous compatibility options.