Is MS Server 2012 Core the same or different than Server 2012 Hyper-V?

Hello, this may seem like a daft question (and it maybe), but is Microsoft Server 2012 Core the same or a different product than Microsoft Server 2012 Hyper-V?  Just curious really.  IE, if different, can Core also be used as a Hyper-V Host OS?

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CnicNVAsked:
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VB ITSSpecialist ConsultantCommented:
Server 2012 Core is the minimal interface version of Windows Server 2012 which you can convert to a full GUI version of Windows Server 2012 if you wanted to.

The free version of Hyper-V Server 2012 (which I assume is the one you are referring to in your question) has no ability to install a GUI. Apart from that, the features are very similar between the two. The main reason you would go with one over the other is to do with Windows Server licensing.

This article explains the differences quite well: http://www.veeam.com/blog/hyper-v-server-2012-or-windows-server-2012-with-hyper-v.html
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here are the requirements for Hyper-V from TechNet

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/cc731898.aspx

Your server needs to be 64-bit and have Intel VT hardware assisted virtualization.

If your server is 64-bit, it will probably work.
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CnicNVAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the feedback, I am already running some Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts with resident VMs.  Its more of a product differentiation or I guess Microsoft marketing question.  IE, Server 2012 Hyper-V looks a lot like Server 2012 Core, IE no GUI.  So, I am just wondering if technically speaking, its the same OS, or if they are slightly different product lines.
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CnicNVAuthor Commented:
Perfect, and thanks, this is what I was after.  Ignore my follow up post, it was posted within two minutes of yours, so I did not see your post before I placed mine.

Thank you.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are already running Hyper-V then I think you are really looking at very similar things. Microsoft differentiates stuff to save money for some people.
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