I wanted to get a view of the communities opinions on questions that focus on the client Hyper-V feature in Windows 8 and if questions around it belong here or on places like SuperUser.

My own point of view is that questions that have issues with a Windows 8 host running Hyper-V would more closely resemble a Windows 8 host running VMWare Workstation/player (which normally wouldn't belong here) to that of a question on a Windows 2012 server running the Hyper-V role (which normally belongs here). Yes, I know that the Hyper-V role in Windows 8 is from a technical perspective, very different than VMWare workstation/player, but the concept in usage is fairly similar in that you have a consumer level OS running a virtualization stack to run multiple operating systems on, what will usually be, consumer level hardware.

Anyway, wanted to get thoughts on this before I decided to flag a question such as this or this one.

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    As Hyper-V is a bit more "involved" than VMWare Player or VirtualBox, I'd say "leave it be" unless the OP is hopelessly out of their depth.
    – tombull89
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 14:28

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If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and flies like a duck - it's probably a duck

If the person asking the Question is a System Admin (et al), or we can't tell that they're not, then it belongs on SF. If they're not a System Admin then it would belong on SU.

I wouldn't say that VMWare Workstation/Player questions are normally off-topics, but they're most commonly used by people who aren't system administrators - they're most commonly hobbyists and developers. The same is true of quite a few other technologies. Our scope is defined by being a Professional IT Worker charged with Administering/Operating something. The rest really flows from that.

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    +1 - what makes most of the VMWare Workstation questions we get here "Off Topic" is that they're an end user asking us "How do I do get $game running in VMWare Workstation?" or similar crap. By contrast sysadmins asking questions like "How do I manage a deployment of 1000 VMWare Workstation instances & a standard VM?" or "We're thinking about using VMWare Workstation to give our developers local test environments, what do you think of insert design here?" are great Server Fault questions, and we very rarely see them :-/
    – voretaq7
    Commented May 10, 2013 at 15:32

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