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March 29, 2020

Hyper-V Server Unlimited Eval

Thanks to an article over at The Windows Club, I just learned two interesting things about the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019 evaluation software. One: it’s free (evaluations usually are). Two (and much better): the evaluation period is unlimited. Basically, that means you can grab and run a copy on a PC of your choosing for no software cost. Here’s what the eval info looks like:

Hyper-V Server Unlimited Eval.link-info

If you run more than a couple of VMs in a networked environment — and who doesn’t/isn’t? — might be worth grabbing a free copy of Hyper-V Server.
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Why Grab Hyper-V Server Unlimited Eval?

You’ll need a reasonably capable PC, with at least 32 GB of RAM (more is better) to make deployment worthwhile. You won’t want to do this unless you’ve got bandwidth available on the network, too. See Windows Server 2019 System Requirements for details. That said, this can be a useful way to take advantage of Windows 10 Hyper-V without loading down your local host (laptop or desktop PC, that is) with the whole burden of running its virtual machines. This so-called “server role” means that the Hyper-V server basically runs the Windows hypervisor, Windows Server drivers, and virtualization support. That’s it, so it’s not a really heavy load.

In fact, while you’re grabbing that Server, you can also grab a copy of the Windows Admin Center eval, too. It’s another eval with an unlimited time period, so it’s basically free software, too. Kari wrote about this spiffy little tool last June for Win10.Guru, so you can read more about it in his article. Fact is, you can combine both facilities on a single machine and get a pretty nifty admin console along with the Hyper-V Server capability, just by endowing a modestly equipped PC with that software. The price is most surely right, and the functionality could be handy, too. Enjoy!

Author: Ed Tittel

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.

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