Feature overviews


Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

Review the articles in this section to learn about some of the features in Hyper-V that run on Windows ServerĀ® 2012 R2 hosts.

Content Description
Automatic VM Activation Lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine, even in disconnected environments.
Back up and restore Learn about the options to back up a virtual machine and the process to restore a virtual machine.
Checkpoints and snapshots Virtual machine checkpoints (formerly known as virtual machine snapshots) capture the state, data, and hardware configuration of a running virtual machine.
Dynamic Memory Dynamic Memory can help you consolidate resources and improves the reliability of virtual machine restarts.
Export and import Learn about the export and import options in Hyper-that allow you to move virtual machines to a different host.
Generation 2 virtual machines Learn about Generation 2 virtual machines in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Hyper-V Replica Asynchronously replicate a virtual machine in a primary site to a replica virtual machine in a secondary site.
Integration Services Install in virtual machines to improve integration between the host server and the virtual machine.
Live migration Move running virtual machines from one physical server to another with no impact on availability to users.
Network virtualization This collection of articles introduces concepts and explains the key benefits and capabilities of virtualizing your network with Hyper-V Network Virtualization, and provides technical details.
Virtual Switch This collection of articles discusses the uses for the Hyper-V Virtual Switch, hardware and software requirements, how to create security policies with extended port access control lists, and an overview of Unified Tracing.
Offloaded Data Transfer Hardware feature that allows for copying large amounts of data from one location to another faster than previously possible.
Processor Compatibility Mode Allows you to move a running virtual machine or save state between virtualization hosts that use different generations of processors.
Resource metering Allows hosting providers to quickly and cost-efficiently create a more advanced, reliable, usage-based billing solution that adjusts to the provider's business model and strategy.
Storage technologies Includes a collection of topics to help you learn about supported storage technologies.
Virtual NUMA Learn about virtual NUMA, how applications can take advantage of NUMA to optimize their performance, and how virtual NUMA can be configured.