What’s New in Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 R2

Upgrading a Windows 2012 server to R2 will bring, among other things, the latest version of the hypervisor Hyper-V.

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

  • UEFI based bios
  • Simplification of virtual drivers
  • Support for Windows 8 and 8.1; Server 2012 and 2012 R2
  • Improved support for Linux virtual machines
  • Automatic activation of Windows licenses (zero touch)
  • Full compatibility between datacenter and Azure IaaS (backup site for PRA or PCA)
  • Hot and uninterrupted migration between a Server 2012 host and a new 2012 R2
  • Live Migration up to twice as fast
  • Hot extension or reduction of VHDX file size
  • Hot export and clone
  • CPU compression to save network bandwidth during migration
  • Uses SMB or SMB Direct on network links greater than 10GbE
  • QoS on storage
  • Configure VM replication every 30 seconds, 5 minutes, or 15 minutes

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