Learn about configuring and managing Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs) in Windows Server.


Contoso, Ltd. is a financial services company in Seattle with major offices located throughout the world. Most of its compute environment runs on-premises on Windows Server. This includes virtualized workloads on Windows Server 2016 hosts.

Contoso IT staff are migrating Contoso on-premises servers to Windows Server 2022. As part of the migration, Contoso plans to expand into additional sites and use virtualization to help expedite bringing a new site online. Contoso plans to increase the use of virtualization in general across their organization to optimize their computing environment because many physical servers are underutilized.

As a Hyper-V administrator, you need to determine what VM features and functionality are available in Hyper-V on Windows Server, so you can help ensure workloads are optimized and stable, and then also determine what Hyper-V storage options are available and how they can be utilized. After completing this module, you’ll understand how to accomplish these tasks.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe settings, configuration, and generation versions available for VMs in Windows Server.
  • Identify virtual hard disk (VHD) formats and types.
  • Create and configure a VM.
  • Determine storage options for VMs.
  • Describe shared VHDs and VHD Sets.
  • Describe host and guest clustering with shared VHDs.


To get the best learning experience from this module, you should have knowledge and experience of:

  • Windows Server.
  • Working with virtualization technologies.