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Can you help me with my software licensing issue?

Is it possible to install applications on either Hyper V 2008 or 2012? I don't mean installing applications on child VMs, I mean installing applications on Hyper V server itself. We'd like to install some backup software on a Hyper V machine, but I fear without explorer running on the Hyper V server it's not going to work. Anyone been down this road before?

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marked as duplicate by Chris S Nov 5 '12 at 18:48

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Sorry, your question is mostly a licensing issue, even if you didn't realize it. Getting licensing information for relative strangers on the Internet is discouraged, and we automatically close such questions as a duplicate of the one listed. It covers some of the additional reasoning. – Chris S Nov 5 '12 at 18:52
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Yes, though this is largely a licensing issue, not a technical one. Hyper-V Server is essentially Windows Server Enterprise Edition Core, with different licensing. There are a few other minor differences. The big differences are:

  1. You may only use Hyper-V Server to:
    • provide hardware virtualization services, and/or
    • run software to manage and service operating system environments on the licensed server.
  2. Cost, Hyper-V Server is free.

For all the details, see the Hyper-V Server License.

I can not attest to the Backup software you intend to use, but I can say that there are several options that will work. Most backup agents have a minimal user interface anyway, so the lack of a GUI doesn't matter.

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great, thanks a bunch! – skinneejoe Nov 5 '12 at 19:40

Yes, decent server management software does not assumea shell. You know, server core also has no UI.

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