Some time ago I repaved my laptop with Windows 2008, 64 bit. The main reason was Hyper V providing such a good support for virtual machines. I dedicated quite a post on all the details of setting up that system. The machine has served it’s purpose quite well being a very powerful mobile workstation with a crisp response including any virtual server I need for the particular project. The only downsides were it’s relatively long booting time and the lack of power management options like hibernating to compensate for that.
Having heard such good things about Server 2008 R2 (only available in 64 bits version) I decided to upgrade. The process itself is very simple
- Shut down all virtual machines
- Uninstall Hyper V
- Run setup and upgrade
- Switch on the Hyper V role
- Recreate the virtual networks and machines, using the existing virtual hard disks. Those are (by default) found in the public documents folder.
The last step may seem like a lot of work but it’s just another no brainer.
The result is a machine
- Which boots a lot faster
- Operates even smoother. Graphics are really better, using the default Windows driver
- Has the Windows 7 UI, with nice docking and the Aero shake
Makes me feel happy. In case you’re running Workstation 2008 as well I can only advice you to upgrade this very moment.