Host Guardian Service

The Host Guardian Service (HGS) is a server role introduced in Windows Server 2016 for configuring guarded hosts and running shielded VMs (shielded virtual machines) in Windows Server and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

The Host Guardian Service Role specifically provides Attestation and Key Protections services that are needed to enable Hyper-V to run Shielded VMs. The Attestation services validate a Hyper-V host as a “guarded host,” which then enables the Key Protection service to provide the transport key required to unlock and subsequently run Shielded VMs.

Host Guardian Service

The Host Guardian Service serves as a critical security component in protecting the transport key, and works in conjunction with other Windows Server 2016 components to ensure high security levels for Shielded VMs.

Forrest Stroud
Forrest is an experienced, entrepreneurial and well-rounded professional with 15+ years covering technology, business software, website design, programming and more.

Top Articles

List of Windows Operating System Versions & History [In Order]

The Windows operating system (Windows OS) refers to a family of operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation. We look at the history of Windows...

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

Website Shortcut on Your Desktop reviewed by Web Webster   This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a website shortcut on your desktop using...

What are the Five Generations of Computers? (1st to 5th)

Reviewed by Web Webster Learn about each of the 5 generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the computing devices that...

Hotmail [Outlook] Email Accounts

Launched in 1996, Hotmail was one of the first public webmail services that could be accessed from any web browser. At its peak in...

Indicators of Compromise

When a system administrator finds anomalous or malicious behavior within network...

Disk Drive

A disk drive is a device that allows a computer to read from...

Firewall as a Service...

For the cloud-first organization, Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) brings all...