HYPER - V install

Got a few questions regarding Hyper V
I am very familiar using Virtual Machines (VM ware) and keen to try hyper v but...

1) Does Hyper V like the version of ESX?
 or
2) Does Hyper V, like a VM player/workstation that you install on top on an OS?
or
3) Does Hyper V a role of Microsoft Server?

Thank you
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defreyAsked:
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teomcamConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi,

1-Hyper V part of the Windows Server 2008 and above OS. Hyper V version. Win 2008 came with Hyper-V Ver1, Windows 2008 R2 came with Ver2 and Win 2012 on ver 3 right now. From ver2 it also supporting linux OS versions nicely.
2-No. Hyper V is a role and part of the Windows Server OS, you just adding this role from the server management console like DHCP role, Print Server role etc
3- I think Answer 2 covers that aswell :)

Regards
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defreyAuthor Commented:
so...

1) In order to run hyper v, i need first a Microsoft windows server running, then install the role & after that I can create VM's

2) The bare version you are mentioning is an equivalent of the ESX

Is that correct?

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Microsoft have a FREE product called:-

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) [FREE]
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd776191.aspx

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 [FREE]
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/hyper-v-server/default.aspx

It's not a role, it's kind of similar to ESXi (but much larger footprint!)

VMware Workstation is a Type 2 Hypervisor, other Type 2 Hypervisors include, VMware Server 2, VMware Player 3.0, Virtualbox 4.0, and Parallels.

Type 2 Hypervisors are SLOW.  In most reviews and experience, they perform at roughly 30-40% hardware capability.  That means an OS in a VM run off VMWare Workstation will likely perform at best like it has an 800 MHz CPU if you have 2 GHz physical CPU. You install Type 2 hypervisors onto of an existing host operating system.

If you use a Type 1 Hypervisor, you get MUCH better performance. ESX, ESXi, are all Type 1 hypervisors - they (based on experience and reviews) typically get 80-90% hardware capability - so that same VM run off the same 2 GHz CPU should operate more like it has a 1.6 GHz CPU instead of 800 Mhz. Type 1 hypervisors are installed on the bare metal of the server.

Type 1 Hypervisors also include Hyper-V.
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