Any way to run Windows Server 2012 (or 2008) AND Windows 8.1 Pro on the same machine using something like Hyper-V?

Providing I have the correct hardware and system requirements for both OS's, is there any decent way with Windows 8 Pro and Hyper-V or something similar, to run  Win8.1 AND Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 (with SQL), on the same machine, both running at the same time and available?

This would be pretty convenient if the technology is finally here.
Grover McBroomAsked:
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Wayne88Commented:
Sure, that's the benefit of virtualization - to consolidate multiple physical machines.  I used VMWare ESX to run multiple virtual machines simultaneously.  The reason I chose VMWare is because it can support more O.S (Linux, etc) whereas HyperV is only for Windows.

You can also try Oracle VM VirtualBox if it's free.

https://www.virtualbox.org/
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
Looks like lots of expense requiring a third piece of software, and probably just as complicated?  So, just how complicated would you think it might be for a relative novice like me, notorious acquaintance with a law and a guy named Murphy?

I'd probably prefer to install Windows Server 2012 over my current Widows 8.1 Pro. I have a TB remaining on drive C and if I couldn't run some of my preferred software, Photoshop, Premiere, etc, on Windows Server 2012, I'd feel pretty bad about it. I know, cake and eat it too.
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Wayne88Commented:
You can try Oracle VM VirtualBox  it is free.

If your choice is Hyper V then it's a good virtualization environment too for what you need.  Can you clarify the question with Hyper V?
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
My desktop is a relatively fast 64 bit PC, lots of Ram and power,  The server runs in another room at the office and there are always network considerations.

I'd prefer to just install only Windows Server 2012, onto my current C drive but would that require that I had previously formatted with two partitions  so that I could return to Win8 if needed without having to reinstall that OS?

I just read more about Hyper-V and believe it's out of range for us, cost and technical. Got to keep it simple.
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Wayne88Commented:
I am not sure if it's a good idea to run the server on your desktop because it require to be on all the time.  But if this is the way you feel is more efficient for you then you can install the Server 2012 in a VM like Oracle virtual box.

For my crash laptop, I am running Win 7 but from time to time I need to be able to run Win XP for specific programming needs.  I installed Oracle Virtual Box inside my Win 7 to run XP as a VM.  Is this close to what you want to do?

If so, just install Oracle Virtual Box inside the Windows 8.1 and run Server 2012 in a VM.

Make an image of both machines so that you can restore to the previous state instead of needing to reinstall if you need to revert.  I prefer to keep the backup images in an external hard drive for safekeeping.
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Scott GorcesterCTOCommented:
I am not sure from reading your question exactly what you are trying to accomplish. Windows Server 2012R2 is essential Windows 8.1 kernel with server tools added and in some cases set to prioritize back end operations (AD, SQL, Exchange) rather than front end (word, excel, Chrome), this can be adjusted.

I run this OS as a desktop all the time in VDI environments to comply with MS licensing policies.

Simply install Server 2012r2 on your system and enable "Desktop Experience" feature. I know from experience it will run the same software as Windows 8.1.

If you reason for duing this is to have a server for your office that also doubles as a file and or application server I would not recommend that for various reasons, but it certainly could be done.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
HyperV is only for Windows Your info is out of date.. I have Debian/Centos/Ubuntu all running under hyper-v

I'd prefer to just install only Windows Server 2012, onto my current C drive but would that require that I had previously formatted with two partitions  so that I could return to Win8 if needed without having to reinstall that OS?
I just read more about Hyper-V and believe it's out of range for us, cost and technical. Got to keep it simple.
Hyper-V is free and if you can install and configure an operating system its only a few more steps.  It is not difficult to set up a hyper-v environment. Lets look at what you need to run an O/S  you need a cpu and ram (it uses your physical cpu and available ram), a hard drive to store files (it uses a virtual hard disk which appears on the physical system as a file), you want to have networking (it uses a virtual switch which you configure to use one of 3 options (host computer and vm's or vms only or external (shares access with your physical network adapter).. you now select what you want to install the operating system from i.e. physical DVD or an .iso or network boot and install and configure the operating system as you would on a physical box.

In your situation why do you have networking issues with the current server? That is probably what needs fixing first.
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rindiCommented:
Windows 8.x professional and higher includes Hyper-V, so if you have the pro version of Windows 8.x, you don't need to replace it with your server OS. You just add the Hyper-V feature (provided your CPU supports this and things like VT is enabled in the BIOS). Then you install the server OS as a VM.

But it isn't clear why you want to run the server OS on your main work PC. The point of having servers, particularly if they are file-servers, is that the data is on separate hardware in a central location, which you can reach from other PC's, and also so that you only need to backup the servers, and not every PC separately.

Also, as has already been mentioned, you'd need the PC to always run and also have the VM running if you want the data of your Server OS to be accessible by other PC's.
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
David: Don't remember saying we have network issues at the moment. Just want to upgrade and use the latest technology, etc.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
My desktop is a relatively fast 64 bit PC, lots of Ram and power,  The server runs in another room at the office and there are always network considerations.
David:
Don't remember saying we have network issues at the moment. Just want to upgrade and use the latest technology, etc.
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Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
Yes, always network considerations, meaning speed about accessing the LAN, other systems, transferring files, considerations of security, sharing, etc. If it's all on one computer, I won't have as many considerations. That's all.
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