Hyper-V. 2012 R2. I need a Step by Step Guide to Install Hyper-V

3 Servers were purchased by customer. One was to be a DC/FileServer to replace an aging 2003 server and two for applications.  Now that the servers are in house and ready to be configured, they still want the DC/Fileserver, but want the other two servers to be HyperV hosts.    

Is there a guide to installing Hyper-V (Standard and Core)?

Are there best practices that you can recommend?

Benefits to intsalling the 2012 R2 (Standard vs Core).  I have never worked with core version.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have never worked with Core, install Core, and you'll have a GUI, otherwise you will find it difficult working without a GUI, and Powershell and remotely via Hyper-V Manager.

At a later date, when you are confident with Core, Powershell and Remote Hyper-V you can remove the Interface.

This is assuming you have Windows 2012 Server and not just Hyper-V ?

To start using Hyper-V, just add the Hyper-V Role.

see here


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Sajid Shaik MSr. System AdminCommented:
that's a good idea
aging DC and File server replaced with new...

the remaining thing is Hyper-V host..

first of all Hyper-V host you must know about the licensing

in standard 2008 R2 server license there is 1 VM license free.
in Enterprise  2008 R2  4 Licenses of Vm free...

regarding 2008R2 and 2012 R2 better go for 2012R2 which is having excellent advanced features... like VM live migration ... switching ... and many more..

regarding core ... it's pure Command based but you can install and convert your Core with graphical as well
see the link for more details


 for installation see the link


all the best
Cliff GaliherCommented:
If you've never set up Hyper-V before and never worked with core before, i'll gonna say buy a book. There are sole decent walkthroughs on the web, but there are also some really *bad* walkthroughs and knowing what to trust is tricky. Plus it is impossible to cram a bunch of "best practices" knowledge into a beginner tutorial. Tech publishers like O'Reilly and Sybex screen their authors so thenreliabilotynof information has been better vetted. And, of course, you get chapter after chapter of best practices and unique use cases that an online tutorial won't mention so you may not have even realized you can do it.

 Hyper-V has so much stiff from Live Migration, clustering, storage migration, VM export and import, checkpoints (formerly snapshots), and Hyper-V replica, just to name a few,. I could post thirty links and still not even hit the basics. So I hope this shows that I'm not trying to be contrite when I say "buy a book." You learn faster and build a better solution. No tutorial can give you that.
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