Windows 10 support on Hyper-V

by Shijaz Abdulla on 13.08.2015 at 10:23

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Q: I want to deploy Windows 10 within Hyper-V VMs. What Hyper-V host is required?

A: From a support standpoint, Microsoft uses a consistent support policy for guest operating systems that are newer than the Host OS. Specifically, Microsoft supports a guest operating system (N) on an N-1 HOST. Thus, Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported as a guest on a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V HOST, but it is not supported on a Windows Server 2008 R2 -SP1 Hyper-V HOST (N-2).

Here are a couple examples of supported configurations:

1. Windows 10 Client is supported as a guest on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V host.

2. Windows Server 2012 is supported as a guest on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V host.

3. Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported as a guest on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host.

Since there’s so much interest in Windows 10, here are further details:

Hypervisor version Windows 10 supported as guest?
Windows 8.1 Hyper-V Yes
Windows 8.0 Hyper-V No
Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Yes
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V No

 

Finally, from a best practices standpoint, Microsoft recommends deploying the latest, up-to-date version of Hyper-V as host.

 

Q: I want to deploy Windows Server 2016 within Hyper-V VMs. What Hyper-V host is required?

A: Windows Server 2016 is still under development and thus production support isn’t available yet. However, based on our consistent support policy, you can expect Windows Server 2016 to be supported as a guest operating system on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.

Windows 10: Things You Need to Know

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.10.2014 at 14:45

The next version of Windows was announced last week: Windows 10.

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  • Windows 10 Technical Preview is available for download.
  • What is Technical Preview?

    Tech Preview is the first pre-release build of Windows 10 – and the first instance of our new approach to software development and delivery. This first Tech Preview release focuses on businesses and the desktop. A mobile-focused version will release in early 2015.

    Tech Preview is designed for PC experts and IT professionals who are comfortable downloading unfinished software, preferably on a secondary PC. The ultimate goal of Tech Preview is for IT pros to test the bits in their native environment and provide feedback via the Windows Feedback App and Windows Insider Program.

     

  • The Start Menu is back! But now with Live Tiles integrated.
  • Search is available both on Start Menu and Start screen
  • Store Apps can open in re-sizable (classic) windows with title bars.
  • Task View button on taskbar helps you easily switch between your running apps
  • Snapping windows is now more easier and intuitive
  • You can save “desktops” which is a grouping of your screen layout with the windows you have opened and quickly switch between those “desktops”.

Download the Windows 10 Tech Preview today!