With Hyper-V Discontinued - Is Microsoft VDI on Premise Dead?

Pat Diaz 1 Reputation point

With the advent of Microsoft discontinuing Hyper-V for the on premise market, does this automatically kill VDI and all other hypervisor dependent services? We would be reluctant to use a product with a known EOL. Just in case we misread the market communication on this from Microsoft, we wanted to reach out to others to confirm the status of Hyper-V and more importantly - its implications.

Looking forward to your responses.

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  1. Dave Patrick 390.5K Reputation points MVP

    The free one was discontinued but the hyper-v role on Server 2022 Standard or DataCenter lives on.

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  2. Limitless Technology 38,451 Reputation points

    Hello PatDiaz,

    Microsoft is not planning to deprecate Hyper-V, but the free version of Hyper-V Server 2022. This is a different product version, where only the HyperV features are available on the host OS. This creates an issue with current licensing models based on physical cores (you would not be able to activate anymore new guest vm servers the old way). As replacement there is Azure HCI. You can check it here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/products/azure-stack/hci/hci-download/

    At the same time, Microsoft will continue to support Hyper-V Server 2019 until the end of the lifecycle in 2029: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/hyperv-server-2019

    This doesn't affect the Hyper-V as a role in the Standard or Datacenter versions of Windows Server 2022. In fact one of the foundation services that sustain many of the recent features release by Microsoft, such as VDI.


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