The Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is among the latest Windows applications developed nowadays that enables the creation and management of what is termed as a virtualized server environment. Such built virtual environment allows simultaneous running of multiple servers within a single server. This characteristic basically allows the incorporation of numerous servers on top of fewer servers.

Similar with other virtualization products, the Hyper-V offers further efficient hardware and administrative resource use. Also, Hyper-V is an essential feature that is normally integrated into a computer’s operating system, which is relatively more efficient and provides more advantageous features than the previous Virtual Server. The Hyper-V is evidently a much distinctive and sophisticated version than the prior Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.

Moreover, the Windows 2008 Hyper-V has nine key features. These nine features include 1) virtual LANs support; sufficient amount of memory appropriate for the virtual machines used; 3) up to 32-RAM capacity and four CPUs in individual guest operating systems; 4) back up for either single or multiple processor support for virtual machines; 5) back up for snapshots, which are reversible and usually used in capturing periodical state of a virtual machine; 6) back up for quick movement, which enables effortless migration of a virtual machine from one server for instance, to another server without the need to shut down the very same machine; 7) back up for network system load balancing, particularly between virtual machines that are both simultaneously running; and 9) potential integration with Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) that functions as its central management platform.

Concluding, the Windows 2008 Hyper-V can serve as a practical alternative solution when the organization is working on a tight budget and requires only its basic features.

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