Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 free license who does it works ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi everybody,

    I've just read that Windows Hyper-V Server is free, does it really ?

    I just wanted to know precisely what I can do whit this free license ? ... Let's me describe what I'm thinking about...

    I have three physical servers bi-processor with twelve cores and at least 128GB of RAM.

    1. Can I install Windows Hyper-V Server for free on those three machine ?

    2. Can I manage all the physical servers in a centralized console with RSAT by buying only one Windows 8 license ? What is/are the limitation/s of such architecture in terms of features ? ... Is it possible to build a cluster, use live migration ....

    3. Can I buy one System Center Datacenter license ($4,209) per physical server to manage those free hyper-visors ? I know that we can buy System Center 2012 Datacenter + Windows Server 2012 Datacenter and have unlimited virtual machines. But the idea here is to buy only the management tools licenses, using free Microsoft hyper-visors and then paying system license per each VM. Is it possible ?

    Is there anybody who have more clear information about the free version of Windows Hyper-V Server and what we can do with it ?

    Thank you very much for your reply


    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:52 AM


  • Hi, 

    Hyper-V has the same Hyper-V features like Windows Server 2012 Std. and Datacenter but only the Hyper-V role is installed and no other role is possible. 

    With Hyper-V you have no GUI but you are able to manage all Servers via RSAT (also Client Hyper-V console Windows 8). 

    Hyper-V to Full Editions:

    - no GUI

    - no VM Licensens

    - no other roles only Hyper-V 

    + Free

    + Full Hyper-V features

    + Powershell management 

    + Full Management via RS (Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Remote Host)

    Point 3. is right. 



    • Proposed as answer by Arthur OH Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:35 PM
    • Marked as answer by GRRRRRRRR Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:50 PM
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:19 AM