he Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 OS with Hyper-V™ technology offers advanced server virtualization that enables the OS to act as a parent or host partition for child partitions and virtual machines. Windows Server 2008 included a release candidate version of Hyper-V. In June, 2008 Microsoft issued an update, which raised Hyper-V to a final or released version. This page provides resources for Hyper-V.
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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 includes Hyper-V as a role that can be installed. It requires that either Intel VT or AMD-V hardware virtualization be enabled on the processor by selecting to enable hardware virtualization in the BIOS. The installation also requires a reboot. The server must first be installed with Windows Server 2008. After the OS is installed the Hyper-V role is installed through the Add Roles wizard from Server Manager. Note that Hyper-V as shipped with Windows Server 2008 is not the final released version. To update Hyper-V to the final-release version, downloaded this update from Microsoft and apply it. A reboot is required after installing this patch.