Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 – I might be a convert

I’ve been using VMWare Workstation for all of my professional life, and have never really entertained the notion of moving to another platform.

However, last month I received my new Dell Precision laptop and decided that I would give Hyper-V a try, a chance to shine.

I run Windows 8.1 as my primary OS, but regularly use a number of VM’s running Server 2008 > 2012 R2, and the odd TurnKey LAMP Stack.

Setting it up
As you’d expect from a built in Feature, getting it up and running wasn’t too difficult. I’ve used some Servers running Hyper-V before, so have some experience with the Hyper-V manager, which made getting my first VM’s up and running

Converting an Existing VMWare Disk
Although most of the VM’s I’m building for my laptop are new, there is one that I wanted to copy from my desktop (as its a real pain to reconfigure)

After some quick research I found that the easiest way to do this would likely be to use a conversion tool to convert the VHD and then attach that to a new VM.

I found the Starwind V2V Image Converter (free) was more than up to this task and converted my VHD perfectly first time round, making the whole process quite easy.

Performance
I have only been using Hyper-V for a few weeks now on my laptop, but what shows instantly is that the Disk Performance is very good compared to VMWare. This will be partly due to the fact the VM’s are on an SSD on my laptop as opposed to a SATA 3 drive in RAID 10 on my desktop, but I do think that some of this is down to Hyper-V too.

Conclusion
I don’t think I’m going to be ditching VMWare any time soon, but will definately considering Hyper-V as a platform for the future. I want to do some testing with VM’s running multiple Montiors and the graphics performance as I use 2/3 monitors in my VMWare Machines regularly, and love the flexibility of switching between them.

I also want to do some testing around the Virtual Networking as I use multiple set up’s currently and want to make sure I can get them all to work as I need them.

I’m not completely sold, but the disk performance is a huge plus. I’m definitely a lot less sceptical than I was a month ago.

Time will tell.

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