Windows 8: Hyper-V 3.0 baked in!

Wow this is pretty darn the latest leaked build of Windows 8 x64, a blogger found Hyper-V 3.0 is baked in and is sporting a number of new features. This is the first time MS has baked in a hypervisor to a client operating system. While some of the new features aren’t really relevant to a desktop user (like a virtual fibre channel adapter) or 16TB VDHX files with power fail resiliency, it does open up a world of possibilities for handling application compatibility issues. For the more geeky folks that like to useĀ a type-2 hypervisor like VMware Workstation, there’s finally a MS solution for running 64-bit VMs on your desktop operating system.

You can check out all of the new features and some screen shots here. A short summary of enhancements include:

  • Support for more than four cores
  • Virtual Machine Queue and IPsec offload
  • Bandwidth management
  • DHCP Guard
  • Router Guard
  • Monitor Port
  • Virtual Switch extensions
  • Network Resource Pools

Since Windows 8 RTM isn’t expected until mid to late 2012, there is plenty of time for Microsoft to add additional features. Of course Microsoft could also pull Hyper-V 3.0 from the client OS too, but let’s hope not.

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