What is the point of checkpoint?

I get the idea of them but I keep reading that they are not to be used to replace back ups which I understand but was setting up a new virtual domain controller yesterday and I came across this MS article and it says:

  • Do not take or use a Snapshot of a virtual domain controller. It is technically supported with Windows Server 2012 and newer, it is not a replacement for a good backup strategy. There are few reasons for
    taking DC snapshots or restoring the snapshots

I thought a snapshot or checkpoint would be good to use before applying updates and rebooting the domain controller but after reading that they seem a bit useless on a DC

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Server 2012 R2 free Hyper V

We have two new servers, each at different clients running Server 2012 R2 and I heard that Microsoft will allow us so spin up another Server 2012 R2 free in Hyper V. I wanted to post here to see how that works as I typically use VMWare but since this seems
to be included I would like to use it. My question is once install the Hyper V role and create another 20120R2 VM will it ask me for a product key or will it activate on its own? Not sure how the licensing works for this yet. Can someone shed some light on
how this works?

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