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 VM ActivationLets 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 restoreLearn about the options to back up a virtual machine and the process to restore a virtual machine.
Checkpoints and snapshotsVirtual machine checkpoints (formerly known as virtual machine snapshots) capture the state, data, and hardware configuration of a running virtual machine.
Dynamic MemoryDynamic Memory can help you consolidate resources and improves the reliability of virtual machine restarts.
Export and importLearn about the export and import options in Hyper-that allow you to move virtual machines to a different host.
Generation 2 virtual machinesLearn about Generation 2 virtual machines in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Hyper-V ReplicaAsynchronously replicate a virtual machine in a primary site to a replica virtual machine in a secondary site.
Integration ServicesInstall in virtual machines to improve integration between the host server and the virtual machine.
Live migrationMove running virtual machines from one physical server to another with no impact on availability to users.
Network virtualizationThis 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 SwitchThis 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 TransferHardware feature that allows for copying large amounts of data from one location to another faster than previously possible.
Processor Compatibility ModeAllows you to move a running virtual machine or save state between virtualization hosts that use different generations of processors.
Resource meteringAllows 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 technologiesIncludes a collection of topics to help you learn about supported storage technologies.
Virtual NUMALearn about virtual NUMA, how applications can take advantage of NUMA to optimize their performance, and how virtual NUMA can be configured.