Hyper-v Role in Windows Server 2012 foundation and Essentials RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have seen that the two low cost version of Windows Server 2012 essential and Foundation) will not support hyper-v. Can you please tell me what it means exactly :

    Can you please tell me what is possible :

    -The server can not be installed as a hyper-v  guest (probably yes)

    -The hyper-v role can not be installed on the server (so I have to rely on vmware)?

    - Hyper-v role can be installed but there is no free license included with the server.

    Thank you


    Sunday, November 4, 2012 7:22 AM


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  • The hyper-v role can not be installed on the server

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    • Marked as answer by Marc Allard Monday, November 5, 2012 5:14 AM
    Monday, November 5, 2012 2:52 AM
  • Thank you


    Monday, November 5, 2012 5:14 AM
  • I suppose then, you would have to install Windows 8 and Hyper-V as your guest or core.
    Then run your Server 2012 Foundation under Win8.  which has 512GB Memory Limit.

    It seems asinine that you cannot install this role on Foundation, but seemingly you could work around it with Win8.  (Or Sun Virtual Box (free) (or VmWare(Free).

    So load up a dozen Win8Pro virutal sessions on that Win8 VirtualBox with up to 512GB Memory and Create your own Ghetto Remote Desktop Server with Foundation and Windows 8.   ;)

    What good is it if your can't run Hyper-V and Remote desktop services?  Those are the two apps small business need most.  But Microsoft strips it out, calls it a DEAL  (Essentials and Foundation) , yet if you want the good stuff, you're gonna have to buy Server 2012 Standard anyhow, + the CALs.

    So you are hooked into this "deal" by Microsoft Special Offer.   Its special alright, because you get to buy it twice.  The stripped down version that come with your server, then the full version when you discover Foundatoin and Essentials gives you AD, and thats it.  Nothing Else.  No "deal"


    All you get with Foundation or Essentials is AD and Group Policy.

    You cannot load RDP on Foundation or Essentials
    You cannot load Exchange on a DC, or Foundation or Essentials
    You cannot load Exchange and RDP on the same box.
    You cannot have Remote Web Apps if you load RDP on your DC.
    You cannot win with Microsoft.  No worthwhile "deal" has ever come out of the city of Redmond.
    The internet is a one-way money pipeline to Microsoft.
    Its three times the work, three times the cost and requires three servers licenses to do with 2012, what you could do with one 2008R2 license.  

    Might as well purchase 2 Server 2013 Standard Editions if you want:
    1.) Active Directory
    2.) Remote Desktop and Remote Apps
    3.) Your own Exchange Server

    You are better off installing a NAS if all you need is a file server. 

    Why bother with Foundation or Essentials?  Its a "Gimmick-ware"

    Sunday, August 4, 2013 9:43 PM
  •   There are a lot of people who would disagree with you. You have made the common assumption that, because it does not fit your needs, it doesn't have a use for anyone. Most Foundation users have no knowledge of Hyper-V and no use for it.

      It is of no use to me either, but that doesn't make it useless.


    Monday, August 5, 2013 2:50 AM
  • He is asking about Foundation and Essentials.  I read the tech notes to understand Essentials CAN run one VM?  So I could purchase Essentials and get the 25 Cals, and purchase 2012R2 Standard to setup a RDP server.  Correct?
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:36 PM
  • Hello,

    I confirm that Windows Server 2012 foundation and essentials are not supported Hyper-v for virtualization. but with the 2012 R2 Version (current Version), the Hyper-V role and Hyper-V Manager console are now included with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. 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.



    Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:49 AM