Which Hyper-V edition is better for you? Licensing, installation, user interface, VM management, clustering, and use cases are explored. After reviewing each deployment type in detail, we explore their advantages and disadvantages to help you determine what option suits your virtual environment best. Licensing Hyper-V Server is distributed for free and can be downloaded from Microsoft's site. You can use Hyper-V Server for an unlimited period of time without paying anything and without activation, but there are no licenses provided for guest VMs running Windows. There are no licensing issues if you deploy VMs running Linux. Be aware that Microsoft prohibits the use of a standalone Hyper-V Server as a web server, file server, database server, or any other type of server whose role is not hosting virtual machines. It looks like Windows Server Core with the minimal set of features needed for it to function as a hypervisor. Configuration of Hyper-V Server is also minimal — the hypervisor is ready to work right after installation.
Nano Server[ edit ] Microsoft announced a new installation option, Nano Server, which offers a minimal-footprint headless version of Windows Server. It excludes the graphical user interface, WoW64 support for bit software and Windows Installer. It does not support console login , either locally or via Remote Desktop Connection. Starting with the new feature release of Windows Server version , Nano Server can only be installed inside a container host. Previously, the Server team was more closely aligned with the Windows client team.
For more information, visit the Windows Server pricing page. FAQ How are core licenses sold? Is there a core license? Core licenses are sold in packs of two a 2-pack of Core Licensesand packs of 16 a pack of Core Licenses. Each processor needs to be licensed with a minimum of eight cores four 2-pack Core Licenses.
01. How to install Windows Server 2016 (Step by Step guide)