I recently came across a blog post by a Microsoft engineer which showed his 5th grade son creating a virtual machine with Hyper-V 2012. Now, I am sure this child is hereditarily blessed when it comes to intelligence, but the ease in which he navigates through the Windows 2012 and the Hyper-V manager is impressive.
You can watch the video here.
A take away after watching this is how Hyper-V can be used as a training tool for anyone attempting to learn server administration or virtualization. Microsoft has made it very easy to roll out a training platform in a very short amount of time.
There are 1000s of web pages on the Internet that describe how schools are using Hyper-V. The vast majority of them discuss server consolidation, power consumption, reducing administrative costs, etc., all of the reasons any organization choses to virtualization their data center.
Hyper-V is making it easier for schools to build technology labs. The ability to easily create and deploy servers and virtual desktops in classrooms provides the opportunity to present the latest computing environments to more students at affordable prices.
But, when you see a video of a fifth grader creating virtual machines with ease, you can see the real power of a virtual environment like Hyper-V. Schools can spin up labs that allow students to deploy their own virtual machines, learn information technology skills, work in different operating system environments and wipe it all out at the end of a semester to start over with the next group of students. Pretty cool stuff.
Unitrends makes it easy to deploy and work with our backup software, Unitrends Enterprise Backup. Deploy UEB on Hyper-V, back up four virtual machines for free, forever and do this over and over again. Also, pretty cool stuff.