I'm just setting up a Windows 2012 server. In the past, I've always installed and run all services on "bare hardware", but am looking at hyper-v. I've used virtualization with things like MSVPC and VirtualBox before, but never Hyper-V.
Am I right in thinking that one of the advantages would be that if I install Hyper-V on a Windows 2012 R2 Standard installation, then I end up with one or more VHD's (like with MS VPC) containing my virtual installation and that all I would need to do to have a complete server backup would be to backup my VHD's? For a restore, I would simply need to copy the VHD's over to a new server and load them up in Hyper-V? Or does Hyper-V work differently from VPC and I'm missing the point?
[Edit: I guess an alternative is to install the complete Windows Server 2012 R2 in a VM on a Windows 8 box, which definitely would provide the simple backups I'm looking for. My server is powerful enough for this and I already have a spare Windows 8 Retail license]