Installing Windows HyperV Server 2012 and creating a new VM instance.

HyperV Server is a standalone hypervisor that allows a machine to host server instances without the overhead of a server operating system like Server 2012 R2.

Firstly, download the ISO image here: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/3/4/7/347A95F0-A63C-492F-BE43-F376AE30C9FE/9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247_X64FRE_SERVERHYPERCORE_EN-US-HRM_SHV_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO. 1.6 Gigabytes. Then burn this at a slow speed to a suitable DVDR disk.

Boot from the disk and choose to install a custom version of Windows. This is for a fresh installation. Once the installation is completed, and HyperV Server boots for the first time; you will be prompted to set a user password. This password must be of a certain complexity level. Once this is done, you will be able to boot into the minimal text only HyperV Server Core interface. A CMD prompt window will open with the text-mode interface for setting up your HyperV Server. I only had to configure the Remote Management and the DNS settings. The network adapter I have was already configured. The only other task was setting a computer name. I chose BIGRIGS as I have played that game and I like to name machines after it for some reason.

HyperV Server interface.
HyperV Server interface.

After this; select the option to search for pending updates for your operating system. I am in a hurry, so I am only installing recommended updates. Once this is done I may re-boot and then begin installing an operating system in the hypervisor. The HyperV Server does not have a GUI interface for configuring your HyperV instances, but this is why you use a remote manager like 5nine manager. This is the perfect software to remotely manage your HyperV server. You can also install HyperV on a client machine and use this to connect to a remote server instance.

5nine manager ready to manage our server.
5nine manager ready to manage our server.

The above screenshot shows the 5nine manager ready to create a new Virtual Machine.

Creating a new VM with 5nine.
Creating a new VM with 5nine.

Right-click the IP address and select Create New VM…

Setting up a new Virtual Machine.
Setting up a new Virtual Machine.

Specify the name for this virtual machine.

Settings for the new VM.
Settings for the new VM.

Then select an ISO image to install into the VM. I am using the images available on the server machine. This is Ubuntu Trusty 14.10.

5nine manager running our Ubuntu 14.10 VM.
5nine manager running our Ubuntu 14.10 VM.

Then, start the VM and select view in console. This opens a window and allows you to see the running virtual machine. Now you may begin installing the operating system in the VM. This is a very easy process; I am currently installing Windows Server 2008 r2 in another Virtual Machine. That is to build an Active Directory server. 5nine manager saves your connections; they are opened instantly when you open the program again. It is very interesting that Windows Server operating systems are moving to a text only environment. As you can administer them remotely anyway. This system really does work very well; future Windows Server products will be command line only; Powershell is the future of Windows Server and gives great control over the server roles.

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