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Windows 8 Client Hyper-V Guest VMs NLB support RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    Client Hyper-V is the same computer virtualization technology that was previously available in Windows Server. In Windows 8 Pro, the technology is now built into the non-server version of Windows, often called the “desktop” version because it does not run on server-class hardware. Client Hyper-V provides the same virtualization capabilities as Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012.

    Because Client Hyper-V is the same technology as in Windows Server 2012, you can move virtual machines from Client Hyper-V to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, also you can move virtual machine from Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 to client Hyper-V.

    However, following features included in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V are not included in Client Hyper-V. These include: the remote FX capability to virtualize GPUs (software GPU in RDP 8), live migration of virtual machines, Hyper-V Replica, SR-IOV networking, and virtual Fibre Channel.

    It doesn’t mention Cluster feature, so Client Hyper-V should support guest Cluster, also support NLB.

    Refer to articles of deploying NLB in Windows Server Hyper-V to deploy NLB in Client Hyper-V:

    Deploying Network Load Balancing (NLB) and Virtual Machines on Windows Server 2008 R2
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2010/07/01/10033544.aspx

    For more information please refer to following MS articles:

    Network Load Balancing Overview
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831698.aspx
    Client Hyper-V
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh857623.aspx
    Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/07/bringing-hyper-v-to-windows-8.aspx

    Hope this helps!

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    • Marked as answer by Nik Patel Monday, May 6, 2013 4:13 PM
    Monday, May 6, 2013 3:21 AM
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  • NLB is guest VMs - you have to enable the MAC Spoofing setting on the vNIC of the VM.  Yes, I believe this is available.

    What is not available in Client Hyper-V is SR-IOV to a VM, thus supporting LBFO in the VMs (native NIC teaming) - these are distinctly different things.


    Brian Ehlert
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    • Marked as answer by Nik Patel Monday, May 6, 2013 4:13 PM
    Monday, May 6, 2013 2:49 PM
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  • Hi,

    Client Hyper-V is the same computer virtualization technology that was previously available in Windows Server. In Windows 8 Pro, the technology is now built into the non-server version of Windows, often called the “desktop” version because it does not run on server-class hardware. Client Hyper-V provides the same virtualization capabilities as Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012.

    Because Client Hyper-V is the same technology as in Windows Server 2012, you can move virtual machines from Client Hyper-V to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, also you can move virtual machine from Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 to client Hyper-V.

    However, following features included in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V are not included in Client Hyper-V. These include: the remote FX capability to virtualize GPUs (software GPU in RDP 8), live migration of virtual machines, Hyper-V Replica, SR-IOV networking, and virtual Fibre Channel.

    It doesn’t mention Cluster feature, so Client Hyper-V should support guest Cluster, also support NLB.

    Refer to articles of deploying NLB in Windows Server Hyper-V to deploy NLB in Client Hyper-V:

    Deploying Network Load Balancing (NLB) and Virtual Machines on Windows Server 2008 R2
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2010/07/01/10033544.aspx

    For more information please refer to following MS articles:

    Network Load Balancing Overview
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831698.aspx
    Client Hyper-V
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh857623.aspx
    Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/07/bringing-hyper-v-to-windows-8.aspx

    Hope this helps!

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    Lawrence

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    • Marked as answer by Nik Patel Monday, May 6, 2013 4:13 PM
    Monday, May 6, 2013 3:21 AM
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  • Thanks Lawrence for the reply, Unfortunately it seems like there is missing documentation from community or Microsoft regarding core differences between both client and server hyper-v 3.0.. It seems like I can't find many of advance networking features in client hyper-v including NLB support - Enable spoofing of MAC addresses.

    If you come across any articles where there are any step by step guides for Windows 8, Client Hyper-V NLB support, I would love to check it out.. It seems like I may have to switch to Server Hyper-V for full blown NLB support. I would like to give it a day or two to think through this before committing to Server Hyper-V..

    Thanks,


    Nik Patel
    Slalom Consulting
    Blog: http://nikspatel.wordpress.com
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    Monday, May 6, 2013 3:28 AM
  • NLB is guest VMs - you have to enable the MAC Spoofing setting on the vNIC of the VM.  Yes, I believe this is available.

    What is not available in Client Hyper-V is SR-IOV to a VM, thus supporting LBFO in the VMs (native NIC teaming) - these are distinctly different things.


    Brian Ehlert
    http://ITProctology.blogspot.com
    Learn. Apply. Repeat.
    Disclaimer: Attempting change is of your own free will.

    • Marked as answer by Nik Patel Monday, May 6, 2013 4:13 PM
    Monday, May 6, 2013 2:49 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks Brian.. Never mind.. it was my fault. I couldn't see "Advanced Features" section.. It is available on client Hyper-V as well....

    Nik


    Nik Patel
    Slalom Consulting
    Blog: http://nikspatel.wordpress.com
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    Monday, May 6, 2013 4:13 PM