Have an existing physical Windows server that you'd like to convert to a Hyper-V image? Version 3.,0 of the free Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter adds that ability.
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Microsoft's aim with the Xbox One was to use as much Windows technology as possible, and when Windows Threshold appears, it should be theoretically possible to run a single piece of code on both platforms. Yet despite that Windows dependency and the need to run multiple apps in parallel, the Xbox One doesn't actually use Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualisation technology. This is why.
Hyper-V virtualisation is one of the key benefits of Windows Server 2012, and it works essentially identically in R2 to the original version. One important exception to bear in mind? You shouldn't use R2's shared virtual hard disk feature to hosting virtual machine operating systems — purely for shared data sotres.
Microsoft and Oracle's new partnership means that you can run Oracle's namesake database software on Hyper-V and Azure, and Java apps will eventually be supported on Azure. It's good news for enterprises running a mixed Oracle/Windows environment and looking to expand into the cloud, and also suggests that Oracle is also going to give up on its own attempts in the virtualisation market.