Microsoft Hyper-V Role Setup.

Before I begin publishing just what you need to setup your Hyper-V server in ms of time compared with what IT Consultants had to endure over the years starting with 2005 I want you to read this page over at Microsoft. 

Hyper V 2012 Server: I will be referencing several articles.
Server 2012 Standard 2 CPU license.
(Google: WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_Datasheet.pdf )
If you are entering the build and didn't buy the Server 2008 Standard you're in luck. The 2012 licensing offers 4VMs vs. 2VMs of the 2008 Server.

The key to your success is "Keeping the Simple things Simple and the Complicated things Complicated." that actually is one of two mottos I use. Here's the second, "Keeping the Free Stuff Free and the Expensive stuff Expensive". 

When I say Hyper-V setup we all know this means as a role. 
I know this post is out of sequence but I was configuring a 2012 system and thought it might be a good time to introduce a few things. I'll have screenshots of both 2008 and 2012 soon. 

What I want to really point out is there is no simple "Free" version. To make it all easy to manage you'll need the GUI and other features only found in the full version software. Nice thing is the licenses now allow you to do more than my 2008 R2 server.

NOTES: 

I know their are hundreds of bloggers that have published setup methods that just don't work and you can be spending days, weeks and months trying to figure out what went wrong. 

I know, I followed many MSP's only to find they really never did setup anything they just read the book. 

Now, I do have one MVP that published a video series that really helps but like anything we are all looking for custom setups and nothing will match out of the box unless you follow all the rules of setup here. 

I use Hyper-V on a core Windows 2008 R2 server. I have setup a virtual test and a phyiscal test system. It takes hardware and lots of it so get the card out and charge it to their limits. 

I want you to follow the first setup using the computer you have now. The one you are using to read this article. If you say "No Way" you need to read about recovery processes and backup practices. I'll make it short, if you can't recover from a failed hard drive you shouldn't be setting up a server. Now, make a copy of your drive after you download and burn your 2012 Hyper-V server to DVD. 

The installation disk 

I'll say this, Microsoft has a couple of operating systems that I find affordable for small business. Hyper-V is one of them being that it's free and will be our base for all of our Virtual Desktops and additional servers. 

You can use any Virtual Machine that you would like I'll stick with the Hyper-V for this build. 

What you'll need: 

  1. Any computer that is 64bit for starters.
  2. Hyper-V Software
  3. Lots of hard drives.

This is going to be easy. 

Get your Free Version of Hyper-V installed. 

Setup to remotely control the Hyper-V system because it's not going to offer you a nice GUI like that one inside of Windows 2008 R2 Standard. 

Next load up your VHD's from all the drives you've used to test with. I need you to load this 64bit system with virtual desktops. We are going to test and push the limits of your hardware.