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Ten great new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

From next-generation Windows VMs to better Linux support, there's something for everyone in the next version of Microsoft's virtualization platform

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V highlights

Microsoft has traditionally put out point releases to its server operating systems about every two years; Windows Server 2012 R2 will ostensibly show up just over a year after the initial release. Logic would suggest that such a short release cycle would contain little in the way of new capabilities, but in this case, logic has been defied, as the R2 release delivers a significant number of both new and improved features. Hyper-V is just one of the areas with rich improvements. We hit on 10 of the best new features in this slideshow.


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Gen2 VMs

The basic architecture of the virtual machine has not changed in a long time. Because operating systems were built to operate physical devices, all VMs emulate broadly supported hardware, such as a specific NIC card or IDE disk controller. Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 supports the concept of a totally new architecture based on modern hardware with no emulated devices. This makes it possible to add a number of new features, such as secure boot for VMs and booting off of virtual SCSI or virtual network adapters. The catch is that guest support is limited to 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.


  • Gen2 VMs
  • VM Direct Connect
  • Extend replication to a third site
  • Replica frequency options
  • Online VM exporting and cloning
  • Online VHDX resizing
  • Storage QoS
  • Dynamic Memory support for Linux
  • Shared VHDX


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