How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 By Mariette Knap hyper v, virtualized Did you know that you can virtualize your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials? Instead of hacking into Windows Server Essentials itself and using that as a Hyper-V host we go ahead and do it the official way and download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 for free. Some administrators don’t like a server without a GUI (server core) but it has a lot of benefits compared to a full blown server with the GUI and roles installed. It requires less resources. It is more secure because the attack surface is smaller. Reduced management. Requires much less updates from Windows Update so less reboots needed. For managing the Server Core with Hyper-V only we use a normal workstation with Windows 10 + RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools). OK, admitted it is a little bit more complicated but it outweighs the benefits! Installing Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is similar as ‘normal’ Windows Servers. Click Next Click Install now Accept the terms and lick Next. Choose Custom: Install the newer version of Hyper-V server only. Choose next Installing Hyper-V Server Almost done. You must change your password. Choose a new password. There we are. SCconfig automatically starts and you should set the Hyper-V server to a Static IP address and I would change the name to something meaningful. Make sure you also check Date and Time settings.