Microsoft Partner Enablement – Hyper-V

There are 3 possible version types to deploy Hyper-V:

  • Server with GUI
  • Server Core (+ opportunity to install other roles)
  • Free standalone Hyper-V Server 2012 (Server core without other roles)

As a hypervisor all three of the options allow the same features and capabilities.


Traditional per server installation options include;

  • Deploy from DVD/ISO
  • Deploy from USB Stick
  • Network Deployment

Traditional Network deployment methods;

  • System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 (SCCM)
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 U1 (MDT)
  • Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

With the traditional network deployments you have various benefits depending on the level of deployment you require, as an example;

  • The MDT allows a LiteTouch deployment which effectively means MANY of the options required to deploy and interact with (wizards) are automated during the deployment process.
  • The SCCM allows a ZeroTouch deployment which effectively means ALL of the options required to deploy and interact with (wizards) are automated during the deployment process.

The work behind the scenes varies massively between a LiteTouch and ZeroTouch deployment and will need to be considered when implementing, for example, a zero touch deployment would be a great solution in any environment, but this is really looking towards a massive deployment scenario, such as 50+ hosts, whereas a 10 user business may just benefit from a LiteTouch (for ease of redeployment) or physical deployment via media or USB.

The preferred Hyper-V deployment option would be to utilise Virtual Machine Manager – this utilises the SCCM and WDS capabilities but works around a Virtual Infrastructure.

Whichever of the network deployment options you decide on, be mindful that Microsoft Hyper-V is a stateful PXE deployment, at this moment in time VMware Auto Deploy is the only Hypervisor of the two that allows a Stateless option (introduced in vSphere 5.1).

At this point the course went into a comparison between Hyper-V and ESXi and the maximums for scalability, however I’ll summerise as we rarely reach these in any environment and we can reference them if needed.


  • Max 320 logical processors and 4TB physical memory per host
  • 1024 VM’s per host


  • 64 Physical Nodes
  • 8000 VM’s


  • 64 vProcessors and 1TB RAM
  • In-guest **NUMA supported (aligns with host resources to increase performance)

**NUMA – Non-Uniform Memory Access – As defined by Wikipedia –

Non-Uniform Memory Access is a computer memory design used in multiprocessing, where the memory access time depends on the memory location relative to a processor. Under NUMA, a processor can access its own local memory faster than non-local memory (memory local to another processor or memory shared between processors).

Support for Guest OS’s

Windows 8 – 32 Virtual CPUs

Windows 7/SP1 – 4 Virtual CPUs

Vista SP2/XP SP3/XP x64 SP3 – 2 Virtual CPUs

CentOS/Red Hat/SUSE/OpenSUSE/Ubuntu – 64 Virtual CPUs


Thanks for viewing and I hope this post was a helpful reference

Steve – Guru365

Microsoft vs VMware – Comparison of key technologies

Hypervisor comparison

With this particular slide we’re able to compare, like-for-like products between Microsoft and VMware.

The key point to address in this particular scenario is MS will provide the Hypervisor free of charge (either by a standalone ‘server core’ or as part of the Windows Server 2012 purchase), the other components are part of System Center.

From a VMware point of view, they sell you the hypervisor with various ‘levels’ that unlock the ability to add bolt-ons. To realise the full potential of the solution, you will be required to license the ‘software’ at an ‘Enterprise’ level.

Microsoft have gone for the ‘undercut’ approach with regards to pricing, there are significant costs savings with regards to licensing the features, and Microsoft have a simpler model, if you want more, get System Center and you can have it all!

For a little more information Microsoft have a website allowing you to check the hardware you have is supported by Microsoft. is the site for checking your hardware and what is available/supported

If you have requirements you cal always call PCS and we can spec and price a solution for you – 08452414155

Microsoft Partner Enablement

As a Microsoft Partner, we’re often invited to attend various courses and seminars, this one in particular peaked my interest, an in-depth technical overview of some of the latest products and updates from Microsoft.

Image representing Microsoft as depicted in Cr...

Image via CrunchBase

The course title was – Microsoft Visualization with Windows Server 2012 R2 & System Center 2012 R2

Coming from a VCP background and attended the relevant courses for the VMware VCP – vSphere Datacentre exams I was intrigued to look a bit more in depth to the Microsoft offering of Hyper-visors and the technology that Microsoft are looking to bolt into it to make an all encompassing container for business.

To my delight it is on par if not better. I say better because I use Microsoft products and they way it has been designed is similar to what I am used to with other Microsoft products, this I particularly like. It makes my hunting for particular features intuative and a better use of my time. At then end of the day, I want to complete something, not only do I want it done right, but I want it done quickly. An important first point I’d imagine a lot of technical people in my position would agree with.

The technology itself is very similar, there are swings and roundabouts that offset against each other in comparison tables, but for me Microsoft have it. Not only are they creating the Operating Systems and putting all the work into that side of things, but they are genuinely a player in the Hyper-visor level now, run an OS in a third party virtual environment or use a virtual environment that has been designed with the Operating System build in mind. It all makes obvious sense. Exchange and SQL performance improvements are a great example of this. *Insert ‘stat here* 🙂

The delivery of the course was by a very technically minded marketing person, he knew what he was talking about and didn’t sugar coat that there were some areas that need improvement, but better than that, each time we were informed of a possible issue with something and then quoted a possible time frame for this to be resolved and improved. Microsoft work on things, now! An understanding that not everything is going to be perfect first time round is the reason they are THE player in what they do – business IT solutions (all encompassing these days)

I digress…..

I am looking a bit further into a number of points that were raised during the course, new products and services available to utilize as well as some ‘features’ that were not available in the SP1 release of Windows Server 2012.

The list of other items I hope to tick off include (but not limited to);

Windows Azure

Windows Intune

System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Operations Manager

Hyper-V (R2)

As well as the inner workings of all of these products.

Windows 1.0, the first version, released in 1985

Windows 1.0, the first version, released in 1985 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m not going to be able to do this all over night so I will tick the list off and post links on this particular post so you can see the progress, although checking back in to see the newest posts wouldn’t hurt the statistics? 😉

Anyhow, as a conclusion – Microsoft have done some pretty amazing things recently, I for one have had my glass emptied with VMware and now I’m ready to pour in the sweet sweet nectar of Hyper-V and all the possibilities the CLOUD OS provides.

Check back soon and thanks for viewing!

Windows Server 2012 Editions

There are several editions of Windows Server 2012. Organisations can select the edition of Windows Server 2012 that best meets their needs. System Administrators can save costs by selecting the appropriate edition when deploying a server for a specific role. The editions of Windows Server 2012 are listed below;

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Multipoint Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Multipoint Server 2012 Premium

Windows Server 2012 Standard edition

Provides all roles and features available on the Windows Server 2012


Supports up to 64 sockets and up to 4 terabytes (TB) of RAM.

Includes 2 virtual machine licenses.

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition

Provides all roles and features that are available on the Windows Server 2012 platform.

Supports 64 sockets, up to 640 processor cores, and up to 4 TB of RAM.

Includes unlimited virtual-machine licenses for virtual machines run on the same hardware.

Windows Server 2012 Foundation edition

Allows only 15 users and cannot be joined to a domain.

Supports one processor core and up to 32 GB of RAM.

Includes limited server roles.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Serves as the next edition of Small Business Server.

Cannot function as a Hyper-V Server 2012 failover clustering, Server Core, or remote desktop services server.

Supports up to 25 users, 50 devices.

Supports 2 processor cores and 64 GB of RAM.

Must be root server in domain.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

Standalone Hyper-V Server 2012 platform for virtual machines with no UI.

No licensing cost for host OS; virtual machines to be licensed normally.

Supports 64 sockets and 4 TB of RAM.

Supports domain join.

Does not support other Windows Server 2012 roles, other than limited file-services features.

Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup

Entry-level unified storage appliance.

Supports up to 50 users.

Supports one processor core, 32 GB of RAM.

Supports domain join.

Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard

Supports 64 sockets, but is licensed on a 2-socket increment basis.

Supports 4 TB of RAM.

Includes 2 virtual-machine licenses.

Supports domain join.

Supports some roles, including DNS and DHCP Server roles, but does not support others, including Active Directory ® Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).

Windows Multipoint Server 2012 Standard

Supports multiple users accessing the same host computer directly using separate mouse, keyboard, and monitors.

Supports one socket, 32 GB of RAM, and a maximum of 12 sessions.

Supports some roles, including DNS and DHCP Server roles, but does not support others, including AD DS, AD CS, and AD FS.

Does not support domain join.

Windows Multipoint Server 2012 Premium

Supports multiple users accessing the same host computer directly using separate mouse, keyboard, and monitors.

Limited to 2 sockets, 4 TB of RAM, and a maximum of 22 sessions.

Supports some roles, including DNS and DHCP Server roles, but does not support others, including AD DS, AD CS, and AD FS.

•Supports domain join.

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