While it is true that Microsoft was always a step (or two) behind in relation to virtualization technology, with Windows 8 has been a big change, and I think that it is for the better:
They have decided to unify the virtualization technology in operating systems for server and client in Hyper-v.
Often golazo! As well, now already we can begin using 64-bit virtual machines, without having to resort to VirtualBox, and finally we move away from the unmentionable VirtualPC.
Enable the Hyper-V role is very simple:
1 Press Win – W to access the Search Settings
2 Write "features"
3. In the form of Windows features, select "Hyper-V"
4. We expect the features to be installed.
5 Restart a couple of times (16 seconds clock!)
6. Now we can already launch Hyper-v. To do this press the Windows key, write "Hyper", and will have access to "Hyper-V Manager"
From here the Hyper-V for Windows 8 options are quite similar to other products, management of disks, virtual machines, etc.
However it is a great platform to work with virtual machines, which fortunately is already part of the operating system
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