Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V server is essentially Windows Server 2012 Server Core that is designed in only run Hyper-V. You do not have to worry about purchasing a license for Hyper-V server. The Host OS is free. You do need to properly license any virtual machines (VMs) that you run on the Hyper-V server however.
Setup is a breeze. It was, for the most part, just like installing Server Core. It is also very fast. Just download the installation software from Microsoft. For this deployment, I plugged a keyboard, mouse , and monitor into my target server so I can observe all the action. Really, there is not much to watch once you get things started.
Once the server starts up, you need to give it a password for the local administrator account. Then SCONFIG opens up. Use SCONFIG with the following options to place this server in your domain and make it manageable.
8) Give this server a static IP address.
1) Add to the domain. You can also rename it with this option.
7) Allow remote desktop connections to this server.
At this point, you can unplug the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Once the Hyper-V server reboots, go ahead and configure either your Windows Server 2012 graphical server or Windows 8 client with RSAT to manage this server.
In Server Manager, click All Servers.
Right click All Servers and select Add Server.
In the name field, type the name of your Hyper-V Server and click Find Now.
Select your server from the list and click the right pointing arrow.
In a few minutes, your Hyper-V server will be manageable from your Server 2012 or Windows 8 client.
Open Hyper-V on your graphical client.
Right click Hyper-V Manager and select Connect to Server.
Type the name of your server and press Enter.
You can now manage the VMs running on this Hyper-V Server.