Hyper-V support and licencing in Windows Server Essentials 2019 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    Need a bit of help. Can someone tell me if  Microsoft Server 2019 Essentials comes with licencing for Hyper-V so you can have a physical instance of Windows Server 2019 Essentials installed with the same copy of Windows Server 2019 Essentials running as a VM?

    Basically I have one physical server but wanted to be sure that if I buy Essentials 2019 it can be used as a host and a VM

    Many thanks


    Monday, March 4, 2019 11:11 PM

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  • Hello Trevor,

    From a licensing perspective, Windows Server Essentials allows you to set up the Hyper-V role and virtualize your environment. The license allows you to set up another guest operating system that is running Windows Server Essentials.

    More information here:


    Best regards,

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    • Proposed as answer by Leon Laude Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7:49 AM
    Monday, March 4, 2019 11:38 PM
  • Hi Leon,

    Thanks for the info and quick response. Sorry just to confirm, if I purchase one OEM copy of Server Essentials  I can install install the Hyper-V role on the physical machine, then install Server Essentials as a VM on the same physical machine?

    Kind regards


    Monday, March 4, 2019 11:56 PM
  • Yes that is possible to do.

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    Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:04 AM
  • hi,
    1 In general , If you buy OEM server and purchase oem pre install agreement
    , OEM vendor will help to pre-configured with Windows Server 2019 Essentials running as a virtual machine. we can contact oem vendor and e
    liminate your worries.

    "The server licensing rights have been expanded, allowing you to install an instance of Essentials on your physical server to run the Hyper-V role (with none of the other roles and features of the Essentials Experience installed), and a second instance of Essentials as a virtual machine (VM) on that same server with all the Essentials Experience roles and features. Previous versions of Windows Server Essentials (and Windows Small Business Server before that), made it necessary to obtain a hypervisor separately, such as the Microsoft Hyper-V Server, but that is no longer required. In addition, we are working with our OEM partners to help them offer server hardware pre-installed and pre-configured with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials running as a virtual machine."
    Understanding Licensing for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the Windows Server Essentials Experience role

    I think it can be used. Hyper-V function not gone on server essentials 2019. like below picture 
    "•We were asked whether Windows Server Essentials supports the Hyper-V role. Our testing shows that Windows Server Essentials can either be hosted as a Hyper-V guest, or it can a hypervisor, hosting other VMs. It can also be both simultaneously, as demonstrated in the photo in the head of this blog."
    Windows Server 2019 Standard, Datacenter, Essentials & Hyper-V Server: Features, Editions, Options and Versions Explained + Comparison

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    In addition , we can try to install server 2019 essentials evaluation in our physical machine and test some function then determine if server 2019 essential still suitable for our current small business environment.( because there are some function are gone )

    Windows Server 2019 Essentials update

    windows-server-2019-essentials evaluation
    Installing Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 - Hyper-V role

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    Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:06 AM
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    Monday, March 11, 2019 3:29 AM
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    Monday, March 18, 2019 9:53 AM
  • Hi Trevor, did you get any official answer to your question?

    I'm in the same situation.

    I've bought a physical server, and a "WINDOWS SERVER 2019 ESSENTIALROK(1-2CPU)"

    I plan to install it on the physical server, and just enable the hyper-v role, and then install the windows server as hyper-v guest and use as a domain controller, dhcp, dns, fileserver.

    I just have to be sure that it is officially "ok" by Microsoft, and it will not cause any problems in the future.

    Can anyone share some light on this?

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:01 AM