2012
09.04

You can download Hyper-V Server 2012 now.  This is the same hypervisor, with all the same scale and features as in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V (Standard and Datacenter edition).  The only differences are:

  • There are no free virtualisation rights to install Windows Server in guest OS’s on this machine.  This means it is good for labs, VDI, Linux hosting, and upgrading older hosts without SA (without upgrading the guest OSs on those hosts).
  • There is no GUI.  You use PowerShell, SConfig, or remote administration to manage the machine.
  • It’s stripped down so it is just a Hyper-V host and nothing else.

You can learn more and download Hyper-V Server 2012 now at this site.

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  1. Are you using Hyper-v Server 2012, and if yes, how are you managing it. I believe Microsoft has still yet to make it work out of the box for remote management in a workgroup enviorement in a home lab. This was also a problem in the 2008 version of Hyper-v Server.

    • I don’t use it.

    • I’m using it. You can install the management tools on a Windows 8 system or have a guest Server 2012 OS that you can manage it from. There are still a couple of things that I’d like to have better GUI for, but none of them are a show stopper and they are actually pretty minor in the whole scheme of things.
      Not having the GUI and having just the bits needed means that I don’t have to patch these things as often, that’s a great plus!

  2. Any idea if we’ll be able to boot the OS via USB drive like with Hyper-V Server 2008 R2?

    • I haven’t heard anything either way, Don. A kit was made available for 2008 R2 that was intended for OEMs, but I didn’t hear of any OEM take it up. To be honest, they would really want it to support SD cards.

  3. Seeing that this is RTM when will the final public release appear? Also “There are no free virtualisation rights to install Windows Server in guest OS’s on this machine. This means it is good for labs, VDI, Linux hosting, and upgrading older hosts without SA (without upgrading the guest OSs on those hosts).” will that change in the final public release?

    • Please read the post again.

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