Microsofts Client Hypervisor appears in leaked build of Windows 8

In July last year, reported about the first details for the upcoming succesor of Hyper-V called Hyper-V 3.0, at that time there were signals that the Hypervisor would be integrated in Windows 8 as well. In February this year, reported on the fact that more details about Microsofts upcoming client Hypervisor appeared online, pointing to patents which Microsoft claimed hinting at an upcoming client hypervisor.

Now Robert McLaws, who runs the Windows Now blog, has got his hands on a leaked Windows 8 build (7989) which apparently provides the option to install Hyper-V as a feature on the upcoming OS on 64-bit versions of the Operating System.


Digging deeper into the installation options, McLaws found out the following upcoming features:

  • Storage
    • Virtual Fibre Channel Adapter
    • Storage Resource Pools
    • New .VHDX virtual hard drive format (which can handle up to 16TB and provides power failure resilency)
  • Memory/Processor
    • Support for more than 4 cores
    • NUMA, Memory per Node, Cores per Node and Nodes per Processor Socket
  • Networking
    • Hardware Acceleration
    • Bandwith Management
    • DHCP Guard
    • Router Guard
    • Monitor Port
    • Virtual Swithc Extensions
    • Network Resource Pools