If you didnâ€™t hear already Microsoft has released Windows Server 2012. Itâ€™s been a long time waiting but you can truly use totally redesigned operating system from Microsoft for production workloads without worrying about not getting support. So here is some the information about the editions you can get your hands on.
Microsoft is making claims that Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 is the best virtualization platform for Windows. I have to say that they have caught my interest with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V version 3 and Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012. So I have been hard at work getting deep into the products, first by updating all my lab systems. Unfortunately Windows Server 2012 is not in general release yet so all my setup and testing is being done with the release candidate and/or technical preview software. In saying this, you canâ€™t really compare the software solutions to the current release versions of VMware vSphere, vCenter Server, etc as I may tend to do.
There are a lot of companies that are using virtualization today and in most of those environments will have Microsoft Windows Server products. If your in this boat I hope that you have changed from the old per server licensing model you may have used back in the day.
I have this running on a ubuntu 904 x64 system running virtualbox. Installed hyperv standalone vm guest fine. Installed window 2008 vm gue..