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Installing Windows Server 2016 with Hyper-V

Installing Windows Server 2016 with Hyper-V

This is a simple guide on installing Windows Server 2016 with Hyper-V.

There are two parts to this one..

# Create a new Hyper-V Virtual Machine.
# Install Windows Server 2016.


Creating a new Hyper-V Virtual Machine

1. Right-click your Hyper-V Manager host machine, select New > Virtual Machine…

Hyper-V New Virtual Machine
New Virtual Machine HyperV

2. Enter the name of the new VM and location on disk.

Hyper-V VM Name and Location

3. Select Generation of VM.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Generation


4. Enter memory allocation amount.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Memory Allocation

5. Select a network connection (I’ll set this up later).

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Network

6. Enter the dynamic virtual hard disk limit, and for this tutorial I’m leaving the vHD location as default (driven from previous selection).

Hyper-V Virtual Machine Hard Disk

7. Select an Operating System ISO file.

Hyper-V Virtual Machine ISO

8. Review configuration and hit finish.

Hyper-V New Virtual Machine Summary

9. Power up the new VM!

Hyper-V Virtual Machines
Hyper-V Virtual Machine List

Installing Windows Server 2016

1. Connect to the new VM (ensuring step 7 above was followed).

Hyper-V VM without OS

2. Hit the any key.

Hyper-V boot from CD

3. After 30 seconds or so loading, select your location.

Windows Server 2016 Installation Language

4. Click to start the Windows Server installation.

Windows Server 2016 Installation

5. GUI this time around, and Datacenter Edition for the test environment.

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Installation

6. Accept the usual..

Windows Server 2016 License Agreement

7. Check advanced options.

Windows Server 2016 Installation Type

8. Install on the 50GB vHD.

Windows Server 2016 Installation Location

9. Hit next, and away it goes…

Windows Server 2016 Install

10. The installation will finish up and restart once it’s done. Before the Windows Server login screen is shown, the built-in administrator password needs to be set.

Windows Server 2016 Admin Password

11. Login with the above password.

Windows Server 2016 Administrator Login

12. Hurray, it’s Windows 2016 everybody!

Windows Server 2016 Server Manager