September 30, 2020 Last updated September 30th, 2020 59 Reads share

Windows 10 Hyper-V vs. Windows Server Hyper-V: Which One Should You Choose?

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Like in eternal debates about what is better – cats or dogs, fathers or mothers, cars or bikes –, there is no ready answer to the question of the Windows 10 Hyper-V and Windows Server Hyper-V debate. It’s difficult to say for sure which one is “better” to make you choose it over the other. The reason is that both of them are necessary for meeting business needs at different times and under different circumstances. These two tools integrate well with our Hyper-V backup solutions (visit our official website to learn more) and boost your disaster readiness. Keep reading to discover when and why it’s ideal for you to choose one over the other.

Windows 10 Advantages Over Windows Server
Let’s start our analysis by looking at some of the capabilities Windows 10 has over Windows Server. Indeed, Windows 10 has admirable features Windows Server lacks. For instance, it has a Quick Create feature. This capability facilitates your virtual machine’s creative processes by enabling it to choose an OS image from its Create Gallery.

Also, it has a default virtual switch that facilitates more effortless connecting to virtual machines without creating manual switches. Thus, you enjoy efficient functionality while operating your virtual machines.

Windows Server’s Advantages Over Windows 10

Inversely, Windows Server supports failover clustering and makes your VMs more available than Windows 10 does. This feature is necessary for promoting a robust production atmosphere. Additionally, it supports the Hyper-V Replica feature its counterpart lacks. This capability enables stand-alone virtual hard disks connected to your virtual computers to synchronize asynchronously to a single or a pair of hosts. Thus, you can always access your virtual PC copies when primary hosts fail because you can activate them on one of the replica hosts.

It also has a virtual Fiber Channel that lets virtual computers utilize physical hosts’ bus adapters connecting its storage.

Moreover, it has the Discrete Device Assignments capability that lets virtual machines to utilize PCIe hardware devices. It also features Hyper-V Replica, lets you migrate virtual PCs live between different hosts, and has virtualizing GPU capabilities.

How They Differ

So, how do these tools differ? Here are their core differences that will assist you in making an informed and beneficial decision.

Their memory management models differ. When working on servers, you manage your Hyper-V memory, assuming that virtual computers alone are on it. However, when running it on Windows, you manage its memory, expecting most client computers to run applications while running virtualized PCs. For instance, developers could run a couple of virtualized computers on the same computers while running other apps.

Hyper-V Server: Pros and Cons

Lastly, we compare and contrast them based on their different strengths and weaknesses.

Pros 

  • It’s free of charge, and you don’t need to activate it to work.
  • Its footprint is minimal because it’s small and doesn’t occupy much space on your disks. Also, it doesn’t consume much memory.
  • It’s secure because it doesn’t include many parts, meaning it’s less vulnerable to attacks.

Cons

  • It lacks a Windows GUI.
  • Its management tools are fewer.
  • Its licensing is limited because virtualized machines require separate silences. Thus, you can’t enable any other role in its servers besides Hyper-V.

Windows Server: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It’s easy to use it.
  • It features GUI, and so, enabling convenient server management.
  • It enjoys complete software and hardware support.
  • It has more tools and capabilities.
  • You can install other server roles beside Hyper-V.
  • It allows for the automatic activation of Windows installed on Hyper-V computers.

Cons

  • It consumes a lot of your hardware resources.
  • It’s costly because you need to buy licenses and activate the Windows operating system on hosts.
  • Its many components make it vulnerable to attacks.

Can you see what the debate boils down to? It’s not a matter of what’s better or worse; it’s a matter of what you need at a time and under specific conditions. Thus, we hope you will use this information to choose wisely.

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