A First Look at Microsoft Hyper-V RTM - VHD vs. VMDK

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2008-06-27 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now that Microsoft's Hyper-V has been released to manufacturing and will be ready for distribution via Microsoft Update starting July 8, the race to turn the hypervisor into a commodity has begun in earnest. eWEEK Labs will publish a full review of Hyper-V in the near future. Until then, here's a first look.
 
 
 
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Microsoft uses a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) format, while market leader VMware creates virtual hard drives using a VMDK, or Virtual Machine Disk, format. This screen shows a VHD being created in the newly released Hyper-V RTM.


 
 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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