Hi folks, as you may have heard by now, Microsoft has announced the standalone version of Hyper-V! They have decided to call it Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. It should be interesting to see what this announcement yields in the virtual world.
Hyper-V Server 2008 does not have support for Microsoft’s quick migration, has no large memory support, and does not support greater than 4 processors. If you want these features you will have to move to the Windows 2008 Enterprise or higher version of Hyper-V.
The new standalone version supports the VHD format for virutal machines, has Live Backup support to backup your vms and supports up to 32 GB of RAM although 1 GB of ram is reserved for Hyper-V itself. I for one am very glad this product is here as now the competition between Microsoft and VMWare can really heat up!
You can read more about the new version of Hyper-V here.