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)
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.
Choose your Virtual connection for this VM.
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.)
Choose Install an operating system from a bootable image file and locate your ISO.
Hit Finish and Hyper-V will configure our new VM ready for use
Our new VM is created! Woohoo! However, created and powered-up are two separate things. Double click on our newly created VM.
Click on the little green power button in the top left
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.
Taadaa! Continue your Windows installation like normal, and you’ll be up and running in no time.