Windows 8 will have Hyper-V 3.0 blogger Robert McLaws has discovered Hyper-V 3.0 is incuded in the Windows 8 client code.

“Apparently it’s (Hyper-V 3.0’s) been in there for quite a while, but between the focus on Consumer features, and the lack of X64 builds leaking out, it’s the first time we’ve seen it,” McLaws blogged.

Hyper-V 3 includes a number of new storage, memory and networking enhancements.

It also includes support for a new .VHDX virtual hard-drvie format, he added, as well as support for more than four core processors.

Building Hyper-V into the Windows 8 client could give Microsoft a way to support legacy Windows applications despite changes in Windows 8’s underlying architecture.

Another area where Microsoft’s next-generation virtualization technology could have an impact with Windows 8 is in the Windows update space, as Charon at explained a year ago.

Managing all the virtual machines enabled on the desktop via Hyper-V 3 will become important.

Here are the sections of Hyper-V 3 he discovered:

  • Storage
    • Virtual Fibre Channel Adapter
    • Storage Resource Pools
    • New .VHDX virtual hard drive format (Up to 16TB + power failure resiliency)
  • Memory/Processor Enhancements
    • Support for more than 4 core processors
    • NUMA – Memory per Node, Cores per Node, Nodes per Processor Socket
  • Networking Enhancements
    • Hardware Acceleration (Virtual Machine Queue & IPsec Offload)
    • Bandwidth Management
    • DHCP Guard
    • Router Guard
    • Monitor Port
    • Virtual Switch Extensions
    • Network Resource Pools

And here are the screenshots of Hyper-V 3.0