Installing Windows Server 2016 in Hyper-V

Date : October 17, 2016

Windows Server 2016 is finally upon us! Fancy having a play and seeing what’s new? Here’s how to install Windows Server 2016 within Hyper-V:

(If you don’t have a copy of the ISO yet, you can grab a copy from the Microsoft TechNet Evaluation site: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2016)

Launch Hyper-V

 

Head to Action > New > Virtual Machine

 

Click Next at the Before You Begin page

 

Give your shiney new VM a name, and choose a location to store the configuration files

 

With Windows 8 and Server 2012 comes the newer generation of VM’s. As long as your client is going to be 64-bit and supports UEFI, then go for Generation 2

 

Choose how much memory/RAM to allocate to your VM. You likely won’t need more than 2 or 4GB if you aren’t using this in production and just having a poke about. You can always increase this later.

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Choose your Virtual connection for this VM.

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Select Create a virtual hard disk, and leave the size at the default 127GB. (this is a dynamically expanding disk, and will only grow up to 127GB. The disk space is allocated as needed.)

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Choose Install an operating system from a bootable image file and locate your ISO.

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Hit Finish and Hyper-V will configure our new VM ready for use

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Our new VM is created! Woohoo! However, created and powered-up are two separate things. Double click on our newly created VM.

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Click on the little green power button in the top left

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If all goes according to plan Hyper-V should allocate the resources needed and try to boot off our ISO. You should see the following screen. Press any key to boot into the Windows installation.

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Taadaa! Continue your Windows installation like normal, and you’ll be up and running in no time.

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