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Can you boot windows 2008 into some basic Hyper-V without OS

We have VMWARE ESX 3.5 servers running and its a small kernel of it just runs on a server.

We testing Microsoft Hyper-V was hoping it would be something similar, but seems that it runs on top of Windows2008 server, maybe i am missing something, anyway to boot into that Hyper-V kernel without loading windows in the background?

If not I dont really see the point of Windows 2008 Hyper-V, ESX is free no need base OS, runs small kernel of ESX and I think performance would be so much better without any other OS running it.

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bertgeyselsCommented:
Microsft now has Hyper-V Server 2008, also free. But it is in fact a stripped down version of Windows Server 2008 Core (most of the roles are removed). So you still have a large windows installation and all VM's rely on that "parent OS" for IO, and you have only a limited list of supported guest os.
For now, ESX is your choice.
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itmtiAuthor Commented:
Thanks,

definately dont see any point in Hyper-V yet.  ESX is free runs great, easy server converstions.
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itmtiAuthor Commented:
Thanks,
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