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What's New in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012 R2

Plenty of Hyper-V Enhancements Make this R2 Release a Major "Must-Have" Update!

Didn’t make it to TechEd this year? Don’t worry!  This month, we’ll be releasing a new article series that highlights the Best of TechEd announcements and technical information for IT Pros.  Today’s article focuses on enhancements in Hyper-V server virtualization in the upcoming Windows Server 2012 R2 release.

Last week at TechEd 2013 North America, we announced Windows Server 2012 R2 – the next major release of Windows Server! We’ve already made significant virtualization improvements around Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 – across the board, including scale, availability, management, storage, networking – BUT there’s a TON of new and enhanced capabilities planned for Hyper-V in the forthcoming Windows Server 2012 R2 release.

In this article, we’ll provide an overview of these enhancements. After you review these new capabilities, I’m sure you’ll see why the R2 release is a MAJOR RELEASE – so MUCH MORE than “just another” Service Pack release!

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

Ben Armstrong, Hyper-V Program Manager, delivered an outstanding session at TechEd 2013 that provides an overview of the new and enhanced Hyper-V virtualization capabilities that will be available in Windows Server 2012 R2.  Below, I’ve provided a clickable index to Ben’s recorded session, so that you can easily concentrate on learning about the areas that are most important to your environment.

Download the deck and video for offline viewing.

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

Now, it’s your turn … Let us know your feedback!

Which of the new capabilities of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 are your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below …

- Keith

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Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.

Keith is the author of the IT Pros ROCK! Blog on Microsoft TechNet, voted as one of the Top 50 "Must Read" IT Blogs.

Keith also manages the Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - a FREE online study group for IT Pros interested in studying and preparing for certification on Windows Server 2012. Join us and become the next "Early Expert"!

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