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Are Hyper-V VMs more stable on Windows Server vs Windows 10? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    I'm running a Hyper-V host on a Windows 10 machine (beefy gaming type PC, 32GB ram, 1TB SSD) and attemping to spin up Windows 10 guests (as differencing disks off a parent disk). The problem is that often VMs start and often get stuck on the boot screen. I can often restart them and they boot in fine (though not always). I have looked around and none of the obvious problems/solutions seem to help.

    If I were to get server class hardware and run e.g. Windows Server 2019 would this boost the reliability of the VMs i.e. fewer if any black screens?

    Or should they run just as reliably on my Windows 10 gaming rig and my problem is most likely something else?

    Any thoughts appreciated

    m

    Thursday, January 23, 2020 11:57 PM

All replies

  • Sounds more like a problematic windows installation. You might try standing another one up or also try a clean boot on VM

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/929135/how-to-perform-a-clean-boot-in-windows

    Either should run a virtual machine with equal reliability. As to specific requirements I'd work with the application developer and also reach out to desktop Hyper-V experts in dedicated forum over here.

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=win10itprovirt

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Friday, January 24, 2020 12:16 AM
  • Hi ,

    Just want to confirm the current situations.

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    Candy


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    Monday, January 27, 2020 2:34 AM
  • Hi,

    Hyper-V runs just as fine on a Windows Client operating system as on a Windows Server operating system, assuming the hardware supports Hyper-V (Windows 10 Hyper-V System Requirements) and there are no configurations within the operating system which may interfere with Hyper-V.

    In worst case scenario, I'd perform a clean install of Windows 10 and install Hyper-V and check if it's working as intended, also if you have any kind of anti-virus/anti-malware software, make sure they are not blocking anything.

    If you have any further concern, you may also reach out to the Windows 10 experts as Dave mentioned:

    Windows 10 IT Pro > Windows 10 Virtualization
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=win10itprovirt

    Best regards,
    Leon


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    Monday, January 27, 2020 5:44 PM
  • A critical component that cannot be addressed in this forum is how to license the environment you are describing.  What you are describing is something called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and it has specific licensing requirements.  This forum is not able to address licensing questions, so you need to talk with a trained Microsoft licensing specialist in order to find out how you can license it.

    tim

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 3:31 PM
  • Thanks for the help everyone! I might ask more questions in the other forum. 

    FYI I probably should mention, I am trying to setup a virtual test lab so that I can run e2e tests in a clean environment as part of a build pipeline. 

    Not sure of the licensing considerations around that though I do have a VS Pro membership with various licensing keys available.

    m


    • Edited by maximojo22 Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:21 PM more info
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:21 PM
  • Sounds good, you're welcome. You can submit a support incident here to ask about licensing.

    https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/subscriptions/support/

     

    (please don't forget to mark helpful replies as answer)

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:25 PM