Hyper-V server 2012 R2 or server 2012 R2 with hyper V roll ?

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by 3sidedcube, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. 3sidedcube

    3sidedcube MDL Member

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    Ok to get straight to the point here.
    Stand alone hypervisor 2012 r2 is free which is excellent , But the catch is that the VM's that you connect to have to be licenced. so.
    Say if my hardware has the latest Slic 2.3 and then install Hyper-v Server 2012 R2 and set up a VM say server 2012 R2 with updates as a vhd and used the said cert 2.3 for 2012 in the vhd then it should be licenced. am I correct in that assumption ?
    if that is the case then I should be able to do the same with prior installations.

    Also what would be best the stand alone hyper-V or the server with hyper-V roll Approach

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  2. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    If your MoBo has a Slic you can 'Activate' the Server using an OEM key and Cert.
    To 'Activate' any VM's you'll need a modified BIOS for the 'Hyper-V' role, see THIS thread.

    MS have always said that a Hyper-V server should not be running any other roles or services, so the Stand Alone Hyper-V Server would be best. But, most Server Licences allow one or more Virtual installs, as well as the Physical install. Which may well suit you better. Just use as few services as possible on that server.
     
  3. 3sidedcube

    3sidedcube MDL Member

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    #3 3sidedcube, Jul 4, 2015
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    ty for the reply

    Sorry I was thinking that if I had hyper-v 2012 R2 Standalone and had latest slic in my hardware then the vm's would be licenced after applying the certs and kys after booting the vm's as the hyperserver should copy my hardware.

    it's ok Figured it out.
    I was thinking that the hypervisor acted like a platform for booting whichever vm you wanted to use but it dose not work like that ... no gui and no way of creating VM's. other than using powershell or remote management but defeats the object.
    My fault for not understanding correctly.
    I can Get the same result I am looking for by creating bootable vhd's and setting my boot to boot attached vhd's That way If my hardware has latest slic then on the VHD's just need the cert and key and I should get the same result and maybe be able to have server2012 R2 with update with hyper-v roll this way instead.and then run vm's

    ty you have been great help for me cheer's :)
     
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  4. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    Yeah, it would be nice if Hyper-V or any Hypervisor worked that way. :)

    I know you run Server 2012 from a .VHD but you can't run the Hyper-V role on it. Best I've managed was VMWare Player. :(
     
  5. 3sidedcube

    3sidedcube MDL Member

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    #5 3sidedcube, Jul 4, 2015
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    Have managed to run a vmware VM server 2012 R2 with updates and slic cert worked using the 440 way < simple
    but when I started the hyper -v roll on the server it would not run due to the fact i was in a hypervisor already

    And yes I did set it up the other way as well in VMware as a vhd install as well same result i am already hypervised.
    so the next step is the mentioned above.

    Or are you saying that if I install Server 2012 R2 with updates as a vhd attach way to my main machine I still will not be able to run the hyper-v roll form the server for the VM's that I want to create.

    So I should install on HD and not into a VHD ?

    ty in advance
     
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  6. 3sidedcube

    3sidedcube MDL Member

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    OMFG I am a genius...
    Bootable VHD with server 2012 R2 updated with hyper-v roll working :)
     
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  7. 3sidedcube

    3sidedcube MDL Member

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    same with win 7, vista, and win8 and as I thought with latest slic hardware all activated and using cert and key for each win 7 is on main hdd and all others VHD's wicked ty all this will keep me busy for a while anyhow
     
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