Learn about virtualization and the Microsoft Hyper-V role with Windows Server. Learn about best practices for preparing Hyper-V hosts, in addition to Hyper-V networking features and implementing nested virtualization.


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 hosts.

Contoso IT staff are migrating Contoso on-premises servers to Windows Server 2025. 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 new Windows Server administrator, you need to identify the considerations for installing and configuring Hyper-V on Windows Server to ensure that workloads are optimized and stable. Additionally, you must determine what Hyper-V networking features and functionality 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 the functionality and features of Hyper-V on Windows Server.
  • Install Hyper-V on Windows Server.
  • Describe the options for managing Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs) on Windows Server.
  • Describe networking features and functionality in Hyper-V on Windows Server.
  • Create virtual switches (vSwitches) for use with Hyper-V.
  • Describe using nested virtualization in Hyper-V.


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

  • Windows Server.
  • Working with virtualization technologies.