Hyper-V Server 2016

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 is a stand-alone product that contains only the Windows hypervisor, a Windows Server driver model, and virtualization components. It provides a simple and reliable virtualization solution to help you improve your server utilization and reduce costs.

The Windows hypervisor technology in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 is the same as what’s in the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2016. So, much of the content available for the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2016 also applies to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016.

Hyper-V Server resources for IT Pros

Tasks Resources
Meets requirements symbol Evaluate Hyper-V

Hyper-V Technology Overview
What’s new in Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016
System requirements for Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016
Supported Windows guest operating systems for Hyper-V
Supported Linux and FreeBSD Virtual Machines
Feature compatibility by generation and guest

Plan for Hyper-V

– Decide which virtual machine generation meets your needs.
– If you’re moving or importing virtual machines, decide when to upgrade the version.
Scalability
Networking
Security

Get started symbol Get started with Hyper-V Server

Download and install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016. This installs the Windows hypervisor, a Windows Server driver model, and virtualization components. It’s similar to running the Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2016 and the Hyper-V role.

Manage symbol Configure and manage Hyper-V Server

Hyper-V Server doesn’t have a graphical user interface (GUI). You can use the following tools to configure and manage Hyper-V Server.

Configure a Server Core Server with Sconfig.cmd to update domain or workgroup settings, change Windows Update settings, enable remote management, and more.
– Use an ordinary command prompt for commands not available in Sconfig.
– Use Hyper-V Manager or Virtual Machine Manager to remotely manage Hyper-V Server. To use Hyper-V Manager, install the Hyper-V role on Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016.
– See Manage a Server Core Server for additional management options for basic server functions that aren’t specific to Hyper-V. Most of the management methods documented there also work with Hyper-V Server.

Configure and manage Hyper-V virtual machines

Create a virtual switch for Hyper-V virtual machines
Create a virtual machine in Hyper-V
Choose between standard or production checkpoints
Enable or disable checkpoints
Manage Windows virtual machines with PowerShell Direct

Deploy

Set up hosts for live migration without Failover Clustering
Upgrade Windows Server cluster nodes
Upgrade virtual machine version

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