As an IT Pro, we are required to do R&D a lot. At the rate of new technologies being implemented specially in the Microsoft arena we have to do a lot of research to be in par with the technology.
Mostly, what we do is virtualize the newly released products and test it out, but the common problem most of us face is that to have a descent virtualization solution such as hyper-v, we are compelled to install Windows Server as the base operating system.
I have a Lenovo W520 with a Core i7 vPro and 16GB of RAM and I run Windows Server 2008 R2 as my base OS, purely because I need to run Hyper-V. The Biggest problem I face is that once I enable Hyper-V, I cannot hibernate or put my Lenovo Notebook to sleep.
Hold on.. Microsoft just released a blog post on their Windows 8 Engineering Blog that Windows 8 will support Hyper-V on it. This is something super cool and most of the IT Pros out their will love this for sure. The best part is that hibernation/Sleep ill still be there even if you install Hyper-V on Windows 8
The requirement is that you will need to have a Windows 8 x64bit OS and a minimum of 4GB of RAM.
For more information and for a video click Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”