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can I turn off hyper-v then turn it on later?

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I have a hyper-v host and use it for dev machines.  I want to play with vmware server and want to use that box.  I want to turn off hyper-v and use vmware server.  I also want to be able to turn off vmware server and turn hyper-v back on later.

Is this easy and possible?

I don't want to kill my hyper-v stuff.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You do understand the difference between a type 1 virtualization product and a type 2 virtualization product?  Hyper-V is a type 1 - VMWare Server is a type 2.   Type 2 is MUCH slower than Type 1.

I'm not sure about Xen (I think it's type 1), but:
Type 1 (Bare metal):
VMWare ESXi
Hyper-V

Type 2:
VMWare Workstation
Virtual PC
VMWare Server
Virtual Server

More information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervisor
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by:jackjohnson44
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Yeah, thanks.  I want to play with vmware server.  The only good box I have is my dev hyper v machine.  I can't run vmware server and hyper v at the same time.  I am wondering if I can turn them on and off when I want to use one or the other.  My goal is that if I like vmware server to get a labtop with an external drive and use a vmware tool.  I don't want to use hyper v on a laptop.

I have decided on vmware server.

My question is, can I turn of hyper-v, run vmware server, turn off vmware server, then turn on hyper-v?  If so, how?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You can't just turn it off - it's not really a service per se because it's a type 1 hypervisor.

You can uninstall it... and then reinstall it... and the VMs should be unaffected, though you may need to reset the network config
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Darius Ghassem earned 500 total points
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You can run Vmware within a VM though.

Like leew said you can uninstall Hyper-v then reinstall Hyper-v add the VMs back to the Hyper-v Console
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