Illustrated Installation of Hyper-V Server

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As the stand-alone Hyper-V Server is now available, I would like to demonstrate what the process is for installing Hyper-V Server on a physical computer.  The requirements for Hyper-V Server are that your computer be a x64 computer with hardware virtualization support.  Once you have downloaded the installation ISO and burned it to a DVD disk, you can boot off of it.  Then:

  1. You will be asked to specify your language and locale:
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  2. Then you can start the installation and accept the EULA (after reading it thoroughly):
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  3. Next you specify the installation type and the location for Hyper-V Server on the disk:
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  4. Once this is done, installation will progress by itself:
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  5. After the installation is complete you can login as "Administrator" (with no password) and specify the new Administrator password:
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  6. Once you have done this you can login as Administrator.  At this point in time Hyper-V is now installed and enabled.  The only thing left to do is to configure things like the IP address, domain membership, etc...  Thankfully Hyper-V Server comes with a handy utility to allow you to configure all of these types of settings in a quick and easy manner.  This utility is opened automatically when you first login:
  7. After completing the configuration of the server using this UI - Hyper-V is ready to go.

As you can see the installation process is actually quite fast and simple.  Once this is all done you need to setup the Hyper-V management UI on a remote computer in order to administrate the system.


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  • Now comes the difficult part - configuring storage under Server Core ;)

  • What do you do after this. Hyper-V is inert.

  • Great article, easy setup until... "Once this is all done you need to setup the Hyper-V management UI on a remote computer in order to administrate the system." I'm stuck here. I am unable to connect to it via the Hyper-V Manager from my workstation. I wonder what further permissions need to be configured to connect to the server?

  • I am supposed to implement a heavy I/O Electronic Health Record software running non SQL 2005 next week. Would you please clarify the following:

    Host having 3 SATA drives. Drive 1, Drive 2, and Drive 3

    I install Virtual O/S on an IDE VHD located on Drive 1, then create a second SCSI VHD on Drive 2 and a 3rd SCSI VHD on Drive 3. Then run SQL DB on 2nd SCSI VHD and write the SQL LOG to the 3rd SCSI VHD. Would that give me any advantage in Database I/O speed?

    Would it be O.K to have both Host O/S and Guest O/S on Drive 1?

    Many thanks.

  • Jeff G.

    the comments section of one person's blog, even if it is Ben, is not the right place for that question..   Why don't you copy that question over to the Hyper-V forums <> where you will find a lot more rapid response and more than one expert..

  • "Once this is all done you need to setup the Hyper-V management UI on a remote computer in order to administrate the system."

    You also will need to do more:

  • Ben, great article....

    I see a pre release of R2 is out.. What do you make of the improvements to Hyper-V?



  • Hi,

    Can I use XP to controll a Hyper V server 2008?

    How do I open the "first start" config page after closing? I have tried hvconfig, but don not help.

    Now after every restart I only get CMD.

  • For anyone struggling to setup remote management - I would strongly recommend using John Howards "HVRemote" tool -

    Tord - It is not possible to manage Hyper-V from XP.  You need at least Vista in order to manage Hyper-V remotely.



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