Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016

Applies To: Windows Server 2016

The Hyper-V role in Windows Server lets you create a virtualized computing environment where you can create and manage virtual machines. You can run multiple operating systems on one physical computer and isolate the operating systems from each other. With this technology, you can improve the efficiency of your computing resources and free up your hardware resources.

See the topics in the following table to learn more about Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016.

Hyper-V resources for IT Pros

Task Resources
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- Hyper-V Technology Overview
- What's new in Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016
- System requirements for Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016
- Supported Windows guest operating systems for Hyper-V
- Supported Linux and FreeBSD virtual machines
- Feature compatibility by generation and guest

Plan for Hyper-V

- Choose a generation
- Hyper-V scalability
- Hyper-V networking
- Hyper-V security
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- Download and install Windows Server 2016

Nano Server as virtual machine host

- Deploy Nano Server
- Use Hyper-V on Nano Server

Server Core or GUI installation option of Windows Server 2016 as virtual machine host

-Install the Hyper-V role on Windows Server
- Create a virtual switch for Hyper-V virtual machines
- Create a virtual machine in Hyper-V
Person and tools icon Upgrade Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines

- Upgrade Windows Server cluster nodes
- Upgrade virtual machine version

Configure and manage Hyper-V

- Set up hosts for live migration without Failover Clustering
- Managing Nano Server remotely
- Choose between standard or production checkpoints
- Enable or disable checkpoints
-Manage Windows virtual machines with PowerShell Direct
- Set up Hyper-V Replica
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Check out the latest posts from Program Managers, Product Managers, Developers and Testers in the Microsoft Virtualization and Hyper-V teams.

- Ben Armstrong's Virtualization Blog
-Virtualization Blog
- Windows Server Blog
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Got questions? Talk to your peers, MVPs, and the Hyper-V product team.

- Windows Server Hyper-V
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The following table lists technologies that you might want to use in your virtualization computing environment.

Technology Description
Client Hyper-V Virtualization technology included with Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 that you can install through Programs and Features in the Control Panel.
Failover Clustering Windows Server feature that provides high availability for Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines.
Nano Server New installation option for Windows Server 2016 that is a remotely administered server operating system optimized for hosting in private clouds and datacenters.
Virtual Machine Manager System Center component that provides a management solution for the virtualized datacenter. You can configure and manage your virtualization hosts, networks, and storage resources so you can create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you've created.
Windows Containers Use Windows Server and Hyper-V containers to provide standardized environments for development, test, and production teams.