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Hyper-V Server Does Not Require System Center

My recent blog about Hyper-V Server R2 and the free stuff Microsoft is giving away raised a number of questions from readers. Basically, they wanted to know if you get high availability (HA) and live migration without also shelling out for a higher-level management framework like System Center or System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Since I live to serve, I asked Microsoft these questions (which are in bold). Their answers are under the questions.

Folks want to know if Live Migration and host clustering require System Center to work.
No, system center is not required. However, from a Windows Server point of view Windows Server Enterprise or Datacenter is required to utilize Microsoft's Cluster Services.

If not, does that mean that Hyper-V Manager can handle those chores?
A live migration can be performed from cluster manager. System Center 2008 R2 will also support live migration but is not a requirement.

If System Center or SCVMM is required, that would mean in essence that LM and HA in Hyper-V Server R2 isn't free, correct?
System Center/SVCMM is not required.

So, there you go. If you want me to pass along any more questions, e-mail them to me or respond in the comments below.

Posted by Keith Ward on 04/27/2009 at 12:48 PM


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