What is the difference between Hyper-V and Virtual Server?

by The Editor [Published on 2 June 2008 / Last Updated on 2 June 2008]

The differences between Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Virtual Server and how these will affect your virtual infrastructure

Like the difference between ESX Server and VMware Server, Hyper-V and Virtual server have similar differences. Hyper-V is a type-1 hypervisor where Virtual Server is a type 2 hypervisor. Virtual Server requires that you first host a Windows operating system to load it.

Hyper-V is meant to be a higher performance commercial virtualization platform with a centralized management platform and 3rd party add-ons. Virtual Server, on the other hand, is a free virtualization platform meant for the desktop or for small-scale server virtualization solutions.

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