Microsoft’s Hyper-V is a free product that was first released with Windows Server 2008. It is a hypervisor-based platform supporting virtual guest operating systems. With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, new features were introduced to Hyper-V. One neat feature is live migration. This allows you to migrate a running virtual machine (VM) from one physical host to another. You can also add or remove storage from a VM while it is running.
If you’re still in the design phase of your VDI, Citrix has a design guide available, “XenDesktop Design Guide for Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V”. Besides the required hardware, you will need Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 (SCVMM), Citrix Desktop Delivery Controller (DDC), and Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS). Let’s take a brief look at what each of these software components does.
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