Hyper-V and 2012 Server Essentials

Posted on 2014-07-14
Last Modified: 2014-11-12
I have a 2012 Essentials Server with an  2008 Server Terminal Server box on my network.  I would like to Visualize the 2008 TS box and run it on the 2012 Server Essentials Box in Hyper-V.  

Is this doable and how?

Question by:April33
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    You have to virtualize BOTH on one server - a VM with Essentials and a VM with the Terminal Server.  You cannot (should not) run Hyper-V on the Essentials system directly.  If you don't have a 2012 license, you can use the free hyper-V and a Windows 8 system to manage it (or third party apps like 5Nine or VTUtilities).

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    Is the free hyper-v without a GUI?  Do I run Hyper-v on a Win8 box or on its own one.
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    Yes, the free one is without the GUI.  While you COULD run it off a Windows 8 system with Hyper-V, it would be a REALLY BAD IDEA.  But You would use the Hyper-V manager in Windows 8 to manage the free GUI-less Hyper-V.

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    Thanks for your input Lee, it was most insightful!

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