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Hyper-V Server 2008 R2: Free Virtualization without a Server Operating System

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Executive Summary

Virtualization is a hot topic, with a number of techniques, tools, and technologies available. Some of the benefits of virtualization include hardware cost savings, role separation, configuration optimization, less disruption when one specialized VM goes down, easier reallocation of resources such as memory, support for legacy applications, and as a convenient test platform. This white paper examines Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, which is a good solution for situations where you need a virtualization platform but not the overhead, complexity, or cost of a full-blown operating system. Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 has a relatively small footprint and is readily managed remotely after the initial setup.

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