Install Hyper V in Windows Server 2012

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Windows Server 2012 is the latest version of Windows Server from Microsoft. The latest server is more focused on virtualization and cloud technologies. Server 2012 has done massive changes from user interface to available roles and features. Hyper V role in Server 2012 has done lot of improvements. This article shows how to install Hyper V in Windows Server 2012.

Install Hyper V in Windows Server 2012

To install Hyper V in Server 2012, open the Server Manager. If you are installing Hyper V in VMware Workstation 9 then install Windows Server 2012 as virtual machine with at least 6 GB virtual memory and 90 GB hard drive space. Don’t forget to choose Hyper V as guest operating system version. After installing Server 2012, install the VMware tools. Then restart the server. As server starts, server manager will open by default as shown below, 

Install Hyper V in Windows Server 2012

Click Add roles and features on Server Manager. 

Role Based Installation

Now select Role-based or feature based-based installation.

Add Role Wizard

Choose and select the server and click Next button.

Choose Hyper V

Choose Hyper V role and click Next button.

Additional Features for Hyper V

Click Add Features for additional features needed for Hyper V role.

Hyper V Page

Now click Next button. Do not select any features in Features option and click Next button. Click Next button in above Hyper V window.

Virtual Switch

Now select network adapter for virtual switches. Then click Next button. In Virtual Live Migration windows you can configure live migration it now or later. I will configure later. So click Next button. Then you will see following window.

Hyper V VM location

Here, configure the location to store Hyper V virtual hard disk files. After configuring it, click Next button.

Installation Process

You can now see the installation information and confirm it by clicking Install button. You can now see the installation begins. After installation completes, restart the server. Now open Hyper V manager from start menu to configure it.

Open Hyper V Manager

You have now successfully installed Hyper V role in server 2012. You can now configure Hyper V Manager to install virtual machines.

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