Updated: April 4, 2016

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

The Hyper-V server role in Windows Server lets you create a virtualized server 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. For the most current versions of the topics in this section, see Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview.


Did you know that Microsoft Azure provides similar functionality in the cloud? Learn more about Microsoft Azure virtualization solutions.

Create a hybrid virtualization solution in Microsoft Azure:
- Learn about running virtual machines in Microsoft Azure
- Move VM’s between Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure
- Move VMware, AWS, Hyper-V and Physical Servers to Microsoft Azure

The following table lists the topics in the Hyper-V documentation library for the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. It provides links to other information resources, including downloadable content, blogs, videos and a contact link you can use to ask questions and provide feedback.

For the most current versions of these topics, see Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview.


Evaluate Hyper-V

Review the following resources to learn why you should use Hyper-V.

Scenarios and whitepapers

Get started

Get started

Learn how you can get started with Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Configure and manage

Configure and manage Hyper-V


Tools for Hyper-V

Virtual server

Virtualize server workloads

Review the list of Microsoft server software that’s supported in a Hyper-V virtualized environment and check out how you can get started virtualizing workloads like Exchange email.



Watch subject matter experts walk through tasks and explain Hyper-V related concepts.



Check out the latest posts from Program Managers, Product Managers, Developers and Testers in the Microsoft Virtualization and Hyper-V teams.


Forum and newsgroups

Got questions? Talk to your peers, MVPs, and the Hyper-V product team.

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The following table lists technologies that you might want to use in your virtualization computing environment.



Client Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 or Hyper-V on Windows 10

Virtualization technology included with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 that you can install through Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 20121

Stand-alone product that contains only the Windows hypervisor, a Windows Server driver model, and virtualization components.

Windows Server Containers

An isolated and portable operating environment where an application can run without affecting the rest of the system and the system won’t affect the application.

Failover Clustering

Feature that enables a group of independent computers to work together to increase the availability and scalability of clustered roles.

File and Storage Services

Server role that includes technologies that help you set up and manage one or more file servers, which are servers that provide central locations on your network where you can store files and share them with users.

Remote Desktop Client

Tool that allows you to connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere.

Remote Desktop Services

Server role that provides technologies that enable users to connect to virtual desktops, RemoteApp programs, and session-based desktops.

Virtual Machine Connection

Tool that you use to connect to a virtual machine so that you can install or interact with the guest operating system on the virtual machine.

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.