What is Hyper V?

Hyper-V is a native hypervisor produced by Microsoft designed for platform virtualization.  A host server using Hyper-V capability can be accessed by a large number of guests via the internet or a local network (ie, accessing via the cloud). A complete interface is proved so each guest feels like they are using the host server directly. Furthermore, guests can run applications stored in the host server remotely, even though that app is not installed on their device.

Virtualization has revolutionized the datacenter industry, dramatically increasing efficiency and availability. Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization solutions are designed to create comprehensive platforms for private and hybrid cloud leading to considerable cost savings and improved operational efficiencies.

Hyper-V Server includes the Windows hypervisor, a Windows Server driver model and virtualization components. It has a light footprint, and is designed to easily integrate into existing IT environments to help leverage existing provisioning, management processes and support tools.

Client Hyper-V was recently introduced in Windows 8, and brings the same innovative Hyper-V virtualization technology to both desktop and mobile devices.

Application and server management industry leader Idera’s free Hyper-V VHD Explorer tool is designed to provide database administrators with an easy way to mount and dismount Hyper-V Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) files. This formerly time consuming task is now a snap, as Windows Shell Integration makes it possible for users to just right-click a VHD file and attach it as a local drive. This popular free tool empowers DBAs by enabling them to explore and restore individual files in a VHD.