Hyper-V Capability/Version Comparison

image With the new version of Hyper-V, most limits of older versions has either been increased noticeably or been removed and became dependent on the hardware limits being used, like Live Migration, VP:LP ratio etc.

The comparison between the Hyper-V versions can be seen in the following table:

Feature Windows Server
2008
Windows Server
2008 R2
Windows Server 2012
HW Logical Processor Support 16 LPs 64 LPs 320 LPs
Physical Memory Support 1 TB 1 TB 4 TB
Cluster Scale 16 Nodes up to 1000 VMs 16 Nodes up to 1000 VMs 64 Nodes up to 4000 VMs
Virtual Machine Processor Support Up to 4 VPs Up to 4 VPs Up to 64 VPs
VM Memory Up to 64 GB Up to 64 GB Up to 1 TB
Live Migration Yes, one at a time Yes, one at a time Yes, with no limits. As many as hardware will allow.
Live Storage Migration No. Quick Storage Migration via SCVMM No. Quick Storage Migration via SCVMM Yes, with no limits. As many as hardware will allow.
Servers in a Cluster 16 16 64
VP:LP Ratio 8:01 8:1 for Server / 12:1 for Client (VDI) No limits. As many as hardware will allow.

Live Storage Migration
No. Quick Storage Migration via SCVMM No. Quick Storage Migration via SCVMM Yes, with no limits. As many as hardware will allow.
VMs on File Storage No No Yes, SMB 3.0
Guest Fiber Channel No No Yes
Virtual Disk Format VHD up to 2 TB VHD up to 2 TB VHD up to 2 TB / VHDX up to 64 TB
VM Guest Clustering Yes, via iSCSI Yes, via iSCSI Yes, via iSCSI or FC
Native 4k Disk Support No No Yes
Live VHD Merge No, offline. No, offline. Yes
Live New Parent No No Yes
Secure Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) No No Yes

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Bulent is an IT professional with Master's in MIS and 10-years of experience in broad range of Information Technologies. He is exposed to engineering/architecting, implementation/integration, and administration of various high-available IT systems and infrastructure. He has a passion to continually research, test and evaluate new technologies and follow industry best practices to secure and optimize IT systems. Currently, he lives in Istanbul and works as a Sr. Cloud Computing and Virtualization Consultant. He has a diverse knowledge and interest in Virtualization and Cloud Computing.

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