Installing Hyper-V on Core

In case you didn't know another RC1 build of Server 2008 was released late last week which includes the Hyper-V beta.  You can download the beta here!  Hyper-V is the hypervisor based virtualization technology that can be included in x64 versions of Windows Server 2008.  Server Core will be the recommended OS to run as the parent partition.  I thought I'd share a quick video on how to install the Microsoft Hyper-V role on a server core box.

Just a reminder that you can double click on the video to go full screen and press ESC to return back here!

Comments (8)

  1. ye110wbeard says:

    Thanks a lot Rodney…

    Now I have to clean up more drool on my keyboard thinking about this cool new feature….

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  2. Dave V. says:

    I’m really looking forward to the capabilities of Hyper-V as well. Windows Server 2008 is looking quite promising. I just need to get myself a book on it now.

  3. tony soper says:

    You must have special HW to install Hyper-V, correct? It’s not like you can install it on your existing HW or a VM to look around. Specifically – only Enterprise SKU and MUST have all 3 of:

    x64-based processor

    hardware-assisted virtualization

    hardware data execution protection

    Or, is there a VM or Test drive that will allow custoemrs who don’t have a “spare” server meeting these reqs to test-drive Hyper-V?

  4. Rodney Buike says:

    Hi Tony,

    Hyper-V is only available in the x64 builds of Server 2008 (all three, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter) and the CPU must support hardware assisted virtualization which is pretty standard these days.  You are going to have to test this on physical hardware as there is no VM to test drive this.

    Rodney Buike

    IT Pro Advisor

  5. ye110wbeard says:

    All I can say is that is my next thing budgeted for, a Dualcore X64 CPU to play with it.  

    I like the virtualization (and the ability to "break" things without damaging the original when necessary)

    I can’t wait for the speed boost.  I checked and a decent $200 Intel DuoCore has it.  You have to check for the Intel Virtualization feature on the chip first, some cheap ones (IE:  those $100 cpus) don’t have it.  

  6. tyrone says:

    I’m trying to install Hyper-V on my core system but it’s not showing up in the oclist.  I have the recommended settings and hardware but is there something I need to install before it will show up on the list?  I ran the installation kits as well.


  7. Rodney Buike says:

    Hey Tyrone,

    If it is not in the list you may have downloaded the wrong version.  It has to be the 64bit builds and it must be the latest RC1 build as older builds did not include Hyper-V.

    Rodney Buike

    IT Pro Advisor

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