When Windows Server 2016 was released last year, one of the features that I myself, and much of the community were excited about was the new installation option called Nano Server. The way I’ve always described Nano Server is that it’s like Windows Server Core, but on steroids. It is a completely gutted, only-what-you-need installation option, and it’s an installation option that really talked to my Linux and open-source roots. I loved the idea of having only what was absolutely necessary installed on a server, not just because of the attack surface reduction, but because of the reduction in software to maintain on the system as well. I remember running Gentoo Linux on some systems simply because it was a “compile from source” type of distribution and I loved the idea of again, only installing the needed bits, and with Nano Server I felt like we had arrived at… Read More»
For the server edition of Hyper-V, you have a choice in management operating systems. You can use the free, no-GUI Hyper-V Server or you can use the full-fledged Windows Server. This will be the first of two articles in which I will argue both sides of the debate. In this installment, I’ll take the position that you should use Hyper-V Server. A Clear Explanation of What Hyper-V Server Is There’s a lot of confusion around all the various terms for Microsoft’s hypervisor. Microsoft takes no small part of the blame for that, as they use overlapping product names and terms. Some of it is just a natural consequence of the delivery methods. Some of the blame lies with the community, though, as many writers don’t do a great job using non-arbitrary product descriptors. I always cringe when I read an otherwise great article that refers to “Hyper-V Core”. There have… Read More»
As IT Pros we’re often told to “Be flexible” and to “Do more with less”. Nothing is more true than when we’re talking about hardware, software licensing and the placement of network-critical services. While I agree with the above phrases, and Hyper-V allows us to do both with relative ease, there are still some guidelines that need to be followed to keep us from shooting ourselves in the proverbial foot.
Even though Hyper-V R2 is a fantastic hypervisor, it’s not easy to manage if you haven’t got the proper tools. Fortunately, there are plenty of downloads available if you know where to look. Here are our top 10 favorite free Hyper-V downloads. 1) Microsoft’s Remote Server Administration Tool If you didn’t install Hyper-V as a role inside Windows Server, or if you used a Core installation of Windows, you won’t have any management tools at all to start with. Even if you’re running a full Server GUI to manage Hyper-V, it’s still a good idea to manage the hypervisor remotely to lower resource contention and add a little convenience. Download and install Microsoft’s Remote Server Administration Tools to your computer running Windows 7 and manage your Hyper-V and Failover Cluster (as well as a number of non-Hyper-V roles on your other Windows Servers) from the comfort of your own desktop.… Read More»
As with all infrastructure software, it is critical to stay abreast of updates applicable to Hyper-V. If you’ve got a particular Hyper-V issue and want to know if there’s a hotfix, or if you like to know the intricate details of each and every patch prior to deploying on your system, you’re in luck: Microsoft maintains a complete list of all updates to Hyper-V. The list can be automatically synchronized to your computer via the “Subscribe to Article (RSS)” link on the right side. If you’re on R1, there is a hyperlink in the first “Note” paragraph that will take you to that list.
One of Hyper-V’s unique attributes is that it has dramatically different deployment options. You can install it natively directly to host hardware, or you can install a copy of Windows Server and enable Hyper-V as a role. Within the Server option are two more choices: Full or Core. There are perfectly valid reasons to choose any of these three deployment options. The decision is fairly permanent, though, so take the time to make an educated decision prior to deployment.
In Server Core, no Hyper-V Guest console is provided and you need to use the remote server Hyper-V Manager snap-in or VMM Console to manage a Virtual machine. I just found a free tool to execute the Hyper-V Guest Console in Server Core. Let see how you can enable the Hyper-V Guest Console in Server Core itself.