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How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

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!

  1. Installing Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is similar as ‘normal’ Windows Servers. Click Next
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  2. Click Install now
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  3. Accept the terms and lick Next.
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  4. Choose Custom: Install the newer version of Hyper-V server only.
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  5. Choose next
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  6. Installing Hyper-V Server
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  7. Almost done.
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  8. You must change your password.
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  9. Choose a new password.
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  10. 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.
    How to install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

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