Microsoft Hyper-V vs VMware VSphere 6 Clash of the Titans Part 1 by David Papkin

Clash of the Titans – Microsoft Hyper-V vs VMware Esxi 6

 

This post by David Papkin will compare 2 leading Hypervisors, Microsoft Hyper-V vs VMware  VSphere 6 ( Esxi 6 )

 

Introduction of the Titans

 

VMware VSphere Esxi 6.0

Released 2015

Type 1 hypervisor

Limited Text-based User Interface (DCUI)

Must connect to it with either VSphere Infrastructure Client (VIC)or Web Client(WC). Must connect to VCenter using WC to have graphical full management of the host. Limited graphic management if the VIC connects directly to the host but is being discontinued.

If cant connect to VCenter is a big issue to manage hosts!. Must use unfriendly command line.

VMware VSphere Hypervisor (free)

Released 2015

Type 1 hypervisor

Limited Text-based User Interface (DCUI)

Must connect to it with either VSphere Infrastructure Client (VIC) or command line

Maximum 8 vCPU per VM

Read-only APIs. Can’t load APIs like Veem backup, etc.

http://www.vmware.com/ap/products/vsphere-hypervisor/gettingstarted.html

http://serverfault.com/questions/717185/esxi-6-free-limits-restrictions

 

Microsoft Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V

Released 2013

Type 2 hypervisor that runs as a service in the OS

Integrated graphical console although can be uninstalled. This GUI allows easy and robust management without connecting with client that may have dependency issues due to reliance on centralized service (VCenter)

Installed as a role on Server 2012 R2

 

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

Released 2013

Type 1 hypervisor

No GUI

FREE!!

Can be managed with Powershell locally or remotely using Server Manager or RSAT or SCVMM.

It has all the features of the Hyper-V role found in Windows Server 2012 including the new scalability, Shared Nothing Live Migration, virtual fibre channel, live storage move, RemoteFX, failover clustering, and more.

 

 

Its All about the Interface!!!!

VSphere ESXi is is 64-Bit Linux-like OS with VMware proprietary kernel with no built-in GUI. It has a somewhat limited Text User Interface (DCUI)

david papkin Esxi 6 DCUI

Esxi 6 DCUI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCUI – Configure Network

David Papkin - DCUI – Configure Network

DCUI – Configure Network

David Papkin - DCUI – Configure Network

DCUI – Configure Network

David Papkin - Configure Network Adapters

Configure Network Adapters

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VMware Graphical User interfaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSphere Client (VIC) is an installable C# Program executable that can connect to the vSphere Host or vCenter Server. It is being phased out by vSphere Web Client.

vSphere Web Client(VWC) must connect through vCenter. If vCenter is unavailable, you can’t manage your infrastructure using VWC, which is an unfortunate dependency (single point of failure). Without VWC, there is limited tasks available using the VIC, such as editing VM settings of VMs, and editing settings of the ESX host as long as using Esxi 5.5 Update or higher. Earlier versions cannot edit VM settings Version 10 or higher with the VIC.

Server 2012 Hyper-V has integrated graphical console

David Papkin Hyper-V– Configure Network Adapters

Hyper-V– Configure Network Adapters

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Papkin - Hyper-V Powershell

Hyper-V Powershell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyper-V User Interfaces

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Remote Desktop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Server Manager and Hyper-V Manager (also available through RSAT)

Server Manager can be installed on Windows 8 or 10 also

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Server Manager and Hyper-V Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Licensing Comparison

 

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Licensing Comparison

 

 

 

 

 

VMware different versions of Esxi have different functionality. To get all features, such as Distributed switch, vMotion etc, must have Enterprise Plus. Price is per CPU

Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter have the same functionality, only difference is about VM and OS licensing. Price is per 2 CPU

Only Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter gives unlimited free VM and OS 2012 R2 Windows OS licenses!!!

VMware vCenter Standard can manage all the virtual infrastructure.

Microsoft System Center R2 datacenter version can manage all the Infrastructure using SCVMM. This is Microsoft’s equivalent of VMware vCenter.

It has the added benefit of managing all the VMs on each Server 2012 R2 Datacenter host with the System Center Suite (SCVMM,SCCM,SCDPM,SCOM,SCSM)

Hypervisor Management features without add-in manager

There is no doubt that both Microsoft and VMware Management software mentioned are robust and have great functionality.

What about without using this added software? What functionality is available without VCenter or SCVMM?

  • VM Cloning
  • Domain Controller Cloning
  • VM Replicas

 

  1. VM Cloning

VSphere :

N/A. Must use VCenter

Hyper-V:

Use Export followed by Import from Hyper-V Manager Console PowerShell

 

 David Papkin - Export Virtual Machine

 

 

 

 

David Papkin - Hyper-V Console

 

 

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Cloned VM

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  1. Domain Controller Cloning

VSphere :

N/A. Must use VCenter, clone Member server and Promote it to DC

Hyper-V:

Create the DCCloneConfig.xml file using Powershell, then Export followed by Import from Hyper-V Manager Console PowerShell

 

  1. VM Replicas

 

VSphere :

N/A. Must use VCenter and additional vSphere Replication solution

Hyper-V:

In Windows Server 2012 the Hyper-V role introduced Hyper-V Replica as a built-in replication mechanism for virtual machines. Hyper-V Replica can asynchronously replicate a virtual machine in a primary site to a replica virtual machine in a secondary site.

David Papkin - Hyper-V Replicas

Hyper-V Replicas

Conclusion

 

Each Hypervisor has advantages and disadvantages

VMware VSphere 6 has scalability and extendibility using VCenter and optional features although higher cost

Microsoft Hyper-V has integrated graphical console and PowerShell and System Center integration and free OS licensing

In the SME environment,, Hyper-V is better value and lower admin costs

This concludes this post by David Papkin

 

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