Getting to Know Hyper-V: A Walkthrough from Initial Setup to Common Scenarios

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Hyper-V™ is a role in Windows Server® 2008 R2 that provides tools and services that you can use to create and manage a virtualized server computing environment. Within this virtualized environment, you can create and manage virtual machines, which allows you to run multiple computers, even with different operating systems, on one physical computer. In this virtualized environment, you can choose to isolate the virtual machines, or specify how they communicate with each other and with an external network.

This guide provides detailed step-by-step walkthroughs for testing Hyper-V in a preproduction environment. You can use this guide to become familiar with Hyper-V and the process of creating and managing virtual machines. This guide also includes scenarios that you can test to better understand how Hyper-V can address the business goals of your organization.

Note

  • You can download a printable version of this guide: Getting to Know Hyper-V: A Walkthrough from Initial Setup to Common Scenarios (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=179636).

  • If you prefer to test Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008, there is a different version of this guide that you can download: Getting to Know Hyper-V: A Walkthrough from Initial Setup to Common Scenarios (Windows Server 2008) (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=163697).

  • Detailed planning, deployment, and technical information about Hyper-V is available in the Windows Server TechCenter: Browse Windows Server Technologies: Hyper-V (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=48557).

  • In this guide: