Hyper-V on 2012 Essentials Server

Posted on 2015-01-22
Last Modified: 2015-01-23
Can I ran Hyper-V on a 2012 Server Essentials box?

I have an old 2003 Server box that runs our ShoreTel phones that I want to run virtually.
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Cliff Galiher earned 250 total points
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No. hyper-V breaks essentials. The proper way to do what you want is to run a hyper-V server (server standard, datacenter, or the free hyper-V no-GUI version) and then run essentials as a VM as well as any other VMs you want.

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Can I upgrade my 2012 Essentials to Standard without a reinstall?
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VB ITS earned 250 total points
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Yes you can. You'll need a license key for 2012 Standard to activate Windows though.

See this article for the relevant commands:

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You guys were very helpful....  Thank You!

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