Feature overviews


Updated: March 31, 2015

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

Review the articles in this section to learn about some of the features in Hyper-V that run on Windows Server® 2012 R2 hosts.



Automatic Virtual Machine Activation

Lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine, even in disconnected environments.

Back up and restore

Learn about the options to back up a virtual machine and the process to restore a virtual machine.

Checkpoints and snapshots

Virtual machine checkpoints (formerly known as virtual machine snapshots) capture the state, data, and hardware configuration of a running virtual machine.

Dynamic Memory

Dynamic Memory can help you consolidate resources and improves the reliability of virtual machine restarts.

Export and import

Learn about the export and import options in Hyper-that allow you to move virtual machines to a different host.

Generation 2 virtual machines

Learn about Generation 2 virtual machines in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Hyper-V Replica

Asynchronously replicate a virtual machine in a primary site to a replica virtual machine in a secondary site.

Integration Services

Install in virtual machines to improve integration between the host server and the virtual machine.

Live migration

Move running virtual machines from one physical server to another with no impact on availability to users.

Network virtualization

This collection of articles introduces concepts and explains the key benefits and capabilities of virtualizing your network with Hyper-V Network Virtualization, and provides technical details.

Virtual Switch

This collection of articles discusses the uses for the Hyper-V Virtual Switch, hardware and software requirements, how to create security policies with extended port access control lists, and an overview of Unified Tracing.

Offloaded Data Transfer

Hardware feature that allows for copying large amounts of data from one location to another faster than previously possible.

Processor Compatibility Mode

Allows you to move a running virtual machine or save state between virtualization hosts that use different generations of processors.

Resource metering

Allows hosting providers to quickly and cost-efficiently create a more advanced, reliable, usage-based billing solution that adjusts to the provider's business model and strategy.

Storage technologies

Includes a collection of topics to help you learn about supported storage technologies.

Virtual NUMA

Learn about virtual NUMA, how applications can take advantage of NUMA to optimize their performance, and how virtual NUMA can be configured.