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Installing Windows Server 2012 on a Hyper-V virtual machine

Installing Windows Server 2012 is a pretty straight-forward exercise akin to installing any of the latest Windows client operating systems. In this post the focus is on installing the OS on a Hyper-V virtual machine which once the disk is correctly mounted, is exactly the same as installing on a physical machine.

If you do not have a Hyper-V virtual machine yet and would learn how to create one, refer here. If you already have a virtual machine with a blank virtual hard drive ready for installation, the following would be the step by step method.

Within Hyper-V manager, selected the virtual machine target from the list and clicked on "Connect".

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And once the VM window popped up as below, verified that the ISO file containing the OS I am about to install is still mounted as a virtual disk on the VM

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Since this is good, clicked on the "Start" button to launch it.

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If the ISO is a good bootable OS disk the following screen should appear indicating launch of the Windows Server 2012 installer. It is now about making the right selections and getting the OS installed. Clicked "Next".

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Clicked "Install Now"

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Entered the product key and clicked "Next".

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And since I am not cool enough yet to work just with the Core, selected "Server with a GUI" option and hit "Next".

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Next screen, License Terms – read (skimmed really), accepted, clicked "Next".

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Next, you get to select the kind of installation you want to proceed with. You have two options one of which – "Upgrade" is not valid because it is only applicable when there is an existing version of Windows running on the machine on which you’re currently running the installer. Since we started with a blank VM, there is nothing to overwrite. Therefore, the obvious choice to make here is "Custom". Clicked on the "Custom" button to move on ahead.

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Due to the simplicity of what this machine will need to do, I have desisted from my favorite pastime of making drive partitions during OS installation and chosen the virtual hard drive in its entirety to serve as the OS partition. Clicked "Next".

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And off we go. The installation procedure could take a while. In my case it took 7 minutes.

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When done, you get to provide the Administrator password for the machine. Now this is something I have done in the past and forgotten to set the domain policy later on to not expire. It gets painful when the password expires and you need to change it. This time hopefully, I will remember to configure and document the steps to set the administrator password not to expire. Typed in a safe password here and hit "Finish".

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Done.

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Logged in for the first time and here’s what we have

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  1. June 28, 2015 at 5:46 AM

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