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Details about deploying Windows Server & Hyper-V on Packet.


Packet currently offers Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. A comparison grid of our supported Operating Systems, including licensed OS's, can be found here.

Both Windows Server 2012 R2 and  Windows Server 2016 are currently deployable on the following x86 based server configurations: 

Windows 2012 & 2016 License Pricing:

Packet charges a flat $0.01 / hr per core for both the 2012 R2 and 2016 Standard versions of Windows Server.  Fees will be added to your invoice on the 1st of each month. 

Since various server configurations have a different number of cores based upon their processor(s) - as such the additional licensing costs will vary:

  • t1.small - $0.04 / hr
  • x1.small - $0.04 / hr
  • c1.small - $0.04 / hr
  • m1.xlarge - $0.24 / hr
  • c1.xlarge - $0.16 / hr

How do you access RDP (Remote Desktop)?

Once the server you deployed is Active, you can RDP in as Admin and using the password you will find on the server's details page.

Our Windows image utilizes the default RDP port 3389. To create a RDP session, dependent upon your local OS here are a few options: 

  • Windows Machine:  Windows → All Programs →  Remote Desktop Connection
  • OS X/MacOS there many applications for RDP sessions for simplicity sake we suggest Microsoft Remote Desktop client. You can find this through the App Store, or by clicking here
  • Linux like other OS's have many applications for RDP sessions, one that would work in this case would be Remmina. You can learn more bout it via their FAQ & see screenshots of it in action here

What is Hyper-V?

Hyper-V is a hybrid hypervisor, which is installed from OS (via Windows wizard of adding roles). However, during installation it redesigns the OS architecture and becomes just like a next layer on the physical hardware (refer to pic.1).


How do you install Hyper-V?

It's simple and the same as any typical program installation. You can activate the Hyper-V role through the Server Manager, and then perform the installation by following the wizard. 

The following screenshots are what you during the activation / installation of Hyper-V.

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  1. Mo Lawler

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