Posted by: Tony Bradley
desktop, Hyper-V, VDI, virtualization, Windows 8
Most of the business PCs in the world run some flavor of Windows, and most IT admins and support personnel spend a significant amount of time managing those platforms and troubleshooting issues. There is some speculation that Windows 8 could fundamentally alter that paradigm.
There are few (if by few, you mean none) real details of Windows 8 available. But, if the hints of the relationship between Windows 8 and Hyper-V pan out, and the speculation about what that relationship could mean comes true, Windows 8 could be an IT admin’s dream.
If Windows 8 runs as a virtual machine on its own Hyper-V, organizations can simply manage and deploy the virtual machine. The underlying hardware would be less important–as long as it meets the requirements for running the virtual machine. Managing, maintaining, updating, and supporting the virtual machines would be much easier than managing their real PC equivalents.
We’ll have to keep our fingers crossed until we learn more from Microsoft. In the meantime, you can read “Windows 8 and Hyper-V 3.0: Revolutionary benefits await admins” by J. Peter Bruzzese for more details of what may be.