How To: Install Hyper-V 2019 Server Core

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After a few first steps, Microsoft finally released the gold bits for Windows Server 2019. You can get it with new hardware or access versions from your volume license or MSDN page. After even more errors and multiple delays, the separate Hyper-V Server product (often and incorrectly called “Hyper-V Core”) was launched! Download from the Microsoft Evaluation Center. Despite your presence in the Evaluation Center, you do not have to pay any license fees to use Hyper-V Server.

System requirements for Hyper-V Server 2019

Hyper-V has specific hardware requirements to perform virtualization safely and efficiently.

  • 64-bit processor with second-level address translation (SLAT)
  • At least 4 GB of RAM. You need more RAM for virtual machines on the Hyper-V server.
  • Virtualization functions and support must be enabled in the BIOS or UEFI.
  • Hardware-assisted virtualization – Intel virtualization technology (Intel VT) or AMD virtualization technology (AMD-V)
  • Data execution prevention (DEP) based on Intel XD-bit (Execute Disable Bit) or AMD NX-bit (no Execute Bit) hardware.

Server Core installation on Windows Server

In this installation scenario, you must first install Windows Server Core, then enable the Hyper-V role using a command line interface. You can use PowerShell or the command prompt to do this. This Hyper-V installation option works on both Windows Server Core and Windows Server with a desktop experience.

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When you start Windows Server Core, the first thing you see is the command prompt, which allows you to perform various tasks and operations by executing commands or scripts. We recommend that you enable PowerShell because it is easy to use and offers multiple configuration options.

To run the Hyper-V Server Core installation, do the following:

  1. At the command prompt, type PowerShell and press Enter.
  2. To install Hyper-V on a server, run the following command:
    Windows Installation Functionality -Name Hyper-V -IncludeManagementTools – Restart
  3. The server restarts automatically to accept all changes.

Once the installation is complete, you can use Hyper-V to create and manage your Hyper-V environment. Microsoft provides many PowerShell commands that can be organized into scripts. They can help you simplify and automate the Hyper-V management process.

To see all the available options, launch this cmdlet:
Get-Command Hyper-V Module

On your screen, you should see a complete list of the cmdlets that can be used to perform various tasks and actions.

The Hyper-V Server Core installation option installs only the Hyper-V module for Windows PowerShell on your computer. However, you can also remotely manage and configure a Hyper-V host on another computer using the Hyper-V manager (the GUI tool).


We successfully installed Hyper-V on Server 2019 and shared the different methods of installing Hyper-V on Server 2019. We will publish more articles on Hyper-V configuration soon.

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