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  • Question

  • Hi,

    Is it possible to install Windows server 2012 Hyper-v on windows 8 Hyper-v? or should I use Wmware Workstation.

    Thanks

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 7:25 AM

Answers

  • You can't run hyper-v (any version) inside a VM so neither would work,
    and even if you could it would be so painfully slow as to be unusable.
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Saturday, September 8, 2012 7:34 AM

All replies

  •   Sure, as long as your hardware meets the required specs.  I had no problems with the Release Candidate or the RTM version.


    Bill

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 7:32 AM
  • You can't run hyper-v (any version) inside a VM so neither would work,
    and even if you could it would be so painfully slow as to be unusable.
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Saturday, September 8, 2012 7:34 AM
  •   Hi Bob. Thanks for that. I missed the Hyper-V bit for the guest.

      I presume the OP was talking about the standalone Hyper-V server. I wonder whether it would actually install under Hyper-V? I might give it a try one day.


    Bill

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 1:52 AM
  • No prob, happens to me all the time too.
     
    I've never tried installing Hyper-V server in a VM at all, and only
    actually installed it once on real hardware, not my cup of tea -- no
    domain other than playing.
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Sunday, September 9, 2012 1:55 AM
  •   Just had a go, and it installs fine. But I agree, not my cup of tea either. I like to see a GUI, not a command prompt! Didn't get far with Server Core for the same reason.


    Bill

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:14 AM
  • Interesting that it installed!
     
    I like a GUI too...
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:32 AM
  •   Yes. I thought it might check for hardware virtualization somewhere but it didn't. Ran right through the normal install and booted to its command prompt. No problem running the various options to set time and date and general machine config.


    Bill

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 5:25 AM
  • That's what Server Manager is for.  Add the core installation machine to a server with the full GUI and manage it from the GUI.

    Or learn PowerShell 3.0 - it is really awesome!  Mr. Snover and company really upped their game with this release.  As I learn more and more, I love it more and more.


    tim

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 11:39 PM
  • You can't run hyper-v (any version) inside a VM so neither would work,
    and even if you could it would be so painfully slow as to be unusable.
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine

    Your information is out of date.

    Hyper-V will function as a guest inside VMware Workstation and can then run VM's itself.

    • Proposed as answer by sdfsaasgafg Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:53 PM
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:53 PM
  • If you say so, I own VMWare Workstation too but it's not something I'm
    keen to try out in a VM...
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:06 PM
  • It's in the release notes for VMware Workstation 9, although I've seen mention that it worked as early as 8.

    http://www.vmware.com/support/ws90/doc/workstation-90-release-notes.html#HyperV

    Edit: I'm also not convinced it would be significantly slower than any other VM solution. Why would it be?

    Although I haven't tried it yet, it is on my list of things to do. I think it would be a great way to test Hyper-V features without needing a lot of hardware. I mean, that is the point of a virtual development lab.

    • Edited by sdfsaasgafg Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3:37 PM
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3:29 PM
  • I don't personally run Hyper-V Server, where I work is too small and I
    don't have any interest in it at home.  I do run Windows Server
    w/hyper-V at home (Actually running it in Windows 8 Client now more
    than Server), but I have hardware just for it...
     
    Maybe I'll try it in the future for something specific though...
     
     

    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 3:58 PM
  • Hyper-V works in ESXi 5 and Workstation 8 and 9 (maybe 7 too) as a guest OS and will also run VMs if special configuration flags are set.

    You need a pretty fast disk subsystem, but it does work for a test environment.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 6:03 PM
  • What do techs withOUT a "pretty fash disk subsystem" reach for?  I don't have the latest and greatest.  There must be labs setup online to experiment with Hyper V.....
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:26 AM
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy has lots of courses for Hyper-V.  There are limitations, though. Currently, Hyper-V is not supported in a 'nested' environment - i.e. running Hyper-V within a virtual machine.  As noted above, it can be done in order to run the GUI, but it cannot run the created VMs.  This is changing in 2016.  In the meantime, you can learn all about Hyper-V and 'use' it with Microsoft Virtual Academy.

    Or, purchase a used desktop system that meets the hardware specs.  I've been using an old Dell OptiPlex system that has been running Hyper-V from 2008 through 2016 without any issues.  It was relatively inexpensive, and has more than served its purpose over the years.


    . : | : . : | : . tim

    • Proposed as answer by SlowBackUP Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5:36 AM
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:24 PM