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Hyper-V Server “8” still has the same characteristics as Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. But it has inherited all improvements of Windows Server “8”. The following table summarizes the differences going from Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Hyper-V Server “8”.

  MS Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 MS Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1 Microsoft Hyper-V Server “8”
Release Date: July 2009 August 2011 2012
Cost: Free Download from: http://www.microsoft.com/hvs Free Download from: http://www.microsoft.com/hvs Free Download from: http://www.microsoft.com/hvs
Physical Processor Support: Up to 8 processors(no core limitations) Up to 8 processors(no core limitations) No processor or core limits
Logical processor support 64 64 160
Physical Memory Support: Up to 1 TB per server Up to 1 TB per server Up to 2 TB per server
Virtual Machine Memory Support: 64 GB of memory per VM(no memory tax) 64 GB of memory per VM(no memory tax) 1 TB of memory per VM(no memory tax)
Number of running Virtual Machines 384 384 1024
Number of virtual processors 4 4 32
Live Migration: Yes Yes Yes
High Availability: Yes Yes Yes
Live Storage Migration: No No Yes
Shared Nothing Live Migration: No No Yes
RemoteFX: No Yes More monitors, more resolutions
Storage Spaces: No No Yes
VMs on File Based Storage No No Yes
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