Hyper-V Now on Windows 8 | Online CBT Training
As more news leaks from folks who have had a chance to play with Windows 8 we get a clearer picture of what we have to look forward to. One of the cool new features apparently coming in Windows 8 is Hyper-V 3.0, which will allow you to install Windows on top of a Type-1 client hypervisor.
Many people use Type-2 hypervisors on their desktop systems. For 10 years or more there have been products like VMWare’s Workstation, Virtual PC, Parallels (for Macs) that allow you to run additional operating systems right on top of your installed desktop OS. But those virtual systems access the hardware by going through the existing OS. That is why a Type-2 hypervisor is not as good as a Type-1 where the virtual system can access the hardware directly.
The value of a client hypervisor is substantial, especially if the rumors are true that Microsoft isn’t going to have us install a parent OS first and instead is providing a real small version of Windows (called MinWin) to rest above the hypervisor with the kernel and HAL.
Third party solutions aren’t necessarily worried about this move from Microsoft. One example is Virtual Computer, which has one of the best solutions for client virtualization we’ve seen called NxTop. When asked about this move and how they feel they said “Virtual Computer’s goal is to be hypervisor agnostic, so we would also look to manage the Hyper-V client in the future as well, and because we’ve already built all the infrastructure for one-to-many management of virtualized client machines, we could leverage what we’ve already built.” Considering how awesome NxTop already is, we cannot wait to see what they come up with going forward.
ClipTraining’s J. Peter Bruzzese discusses the features and possible benefits of Windows 8 with Hyper-V 3.0 in his Enterprise Windows column on InfoWorld. Read more about it here: Windows 8 and Hyper-V 3.0: Revolutionary benefits await admins!
Note: Virtual Computer’s NxTop solution is offered totally free (up to 5 users) which people can just grab and use from their website.