How to Install a VM using Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V in 10 Minutes

How to Install a VM using Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V in 10 Minutes

Today, we’re going to install Windows 10
in a virtual machine using Hyper-V in Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016. My
intent is to set up a Windows 10 VM so I can log into it using remote desktop
from any computer in the house. I’d also like to share files so I’ll
make sure I can access my network folders from inside the VM. Before we
start: anyone who has installed Windows 10 knows that the real-time installation,
just by itself, can take more or less an hour. So when I say it’s going to take ten
minutes, I’m referring to the length of this video. I’ll be skipping through the
boring parts, so feel free to pause the video at any time, or play it back at a
slower speed if the pace is too fast. So what are the requirements for running
Hyper-V? With regards to the operating system, you’ll need the Standard or
Datacenter edition of Server 2016. I’m using the Datacenter version, but the
procedure for enabling Hyper-V and installing VMs is the same for both
editions. On the hardware side, you’ll need VM monitor mode extensions, at least
4 GB of RAM, a 64-bit processor with second-level address translation,
and virtualization support turned on in the BIOS. How can you find out if your PC
meets those requirements? The easiest way is to look at your System Information by
going to the Start menu, type in System Info, and click on the
first returned search result. I’ll maximize the window and expand
the columns. You can see I’m using the Datacenter
edition of Windows. The most important line items are at the bottom, which are
the last four that are prefixed with Hyper-V. If you see a Yes after all four
lines, you’re good to go. For this video, I’m going to assume that you meet the
requirements. I’ll go ahead and close this out. The first thing you’ll need to
do is start the Server Manager. From the Manage menu, select Add Roles
and Features – because in Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V is a server role that you
need to add. In a future video, you’ll see the procedure for Windows 10 is a little
different, because it’s installed as a new feature as opposed to a new role. In
the Add Roles wizard, let’s click Next to leave the introduction, and we’ll keep
this selection as a Role-based installation, and click Next. I only have
one server to worry about, whose static IP address ends with dot 130. On the next
screen, what you’ll want to do is click on Hyper-V, and add those features. This
will take a couple seconds, after which you’ll see the Hyper-V options appear. There’s no other features to install, so we can click Next here. This is the
introduction screen for the Hyper-V section of the wizard, so let’s continue –
and what you’ll want to do is click on the network adapter listed here. Now, I
only have one network card in my machine, but many of you will probably have two
or more. In my case, the virtual switch will be shared by the host, and any or
all VMs. Let me quickly show you my network settings by going to the Network
and Sharing Center. So you can see I have my single Ethernet connection here, but
if you had two, you could make one of them your virtual switch while leaving the
other alone. Let’s close out of these, then click Next. I’m not planning any
migration, so I’m going to skip to the next screen. These are the locations of the
virtual hard disk files, and the Hyper-V configuration files. Feel free to change
these if you like, as you’ll probably want to place the virtual hard drive, at
least, on an SSD. As we visit the last screen, we finally arrive at the Install
button, but before I click it, I know I’m going to be required to reboot after the
Hyper-V installation, because I’ve done this a couple times before. So I might as
well check the box to automatically reboot. I’ll now click Install, and since
this will take a while, I’ll pause the video here. When we come back after the
reboot, we’ll be back in Windows Server 2016 with the Hyper-V role and
management tools added. OK, we’re back. Our notifications show that Windows has
successfully added the new features; we have a new entry for Hyper-V in the
Server Manager; and if we go to the Start menu, under Administrative Tools, you can
see we have the Hyper-V Manager. After making sure
the server is selected, we can now select New ->Virtual Machine, which brings up a
new wizard. From the intro screen, we’ll click Next. We’ll name this Windows 10
Testbed. Now you can place this in a different location, but I’ll keep the
default and click Next. Here, we need to specify either Generation 1 or
Generation 2. Depending on your guest operating system, Generation 2 supports
secure boot, shielded virtual machines, and storage spaces direct. But I don’t
plan on doing anything fancy, so I’ll stick with Generation 1. Here you assign
the amount of memory you want to give to the VM. For the purposes of this video,
I’m going to assign just 2 GB of memory by typing 2048, but you can change
this later on after we create the VM. You’ll want to enter a number to meet
your use case requirements for the virtual machine. You can check the
dynamic memory box to have Hyper-V assign memory as the VM needs it, but
I’ll leave it unchecked. Here, we need to select the network connection. You’ll
notice that one of my options is a virtual switch, which is something that
happened during the Hyper-V install. If you recall, I had a normal Ethernet
connection with a static IP address of dot 130. Let’s return to the Networking
and Sharing Center to see how that has changed. This used to be just a normal
Ethernet card, but now it’s a virtual switch with an IP address assigned from
the DHCP server. I do want a static IP address, so I’ll go
into the TCPIP properties and reset that to dot 130. I’ll close out of these networking
dialog boxes. Now we can go to the next screen, where I
can define the file that holds the virtual machine. I’ll leave it in the
default folder, then I’ll assign the size of the hard drive a 100 GB. We’ll install Windows 10 from an ISO file, which I have handy on my D drive.
Let’s go ahead and browse for that. It’s an older ISO image of Windows 10 but
that’s fine. That’ll be my virtual DVD drive into
which the VM boots when I start the machine. Let’s click Next, and then Finish. So that creates the virtual machine.
Let’s double-click this entry, which starts the VM viewer, which I’ll move
over. To actually turn on the machine, you click the green start button on the
toolbar, which boots into the Windows 10 ISO file. At this point, this becomes an
exercise in installing Windows 10, including the entry of the product key,
the selection of the Windows 10 Edition, acceptance of terms, creating an account,
rebooting, and waiting, and rebooting, and waiting. So I’ll fast forward and return
when Windows is fully installed. In the meantime, I’ll heat up some lunch in the
toaster oven. OK, after three reboots, we’re back. I’ve finished my lunch – and dinner. Let’s allow network discovery then go into the network settings. If I open the connection… go into its properties… and open its TCPIP settings… you’ll see that it’s a DHCP configuration. I prefer my VM to have a static IP, so I’ll change this to dot 131,
and Google’s and Remember, this is a
connection going through the virtual switch. Let’s close out of these windows. We should now be able to connect to a location on the local network. Using File Explorer, let’s point to
a known folder on the network… enter the credentials to access it….. and voila, we’re in. Now let’s configure
the remote desktop settings. I’ll go to the Start menu, go to settings… and type in Remote Desktop to search for
those options… and select Allow Remote Access to your computer. Let’s select Allow Remote Connections, and then OK. I should now be able to go to my host PC, start Remote Desktop connection, connect to… enter my account information… click Yes… and we now have a full-screen view into
the VM. I can start Microsoft Edge and confirm that I have internet access as well. Before I end this video, I wanted to show you the VM settings. After shutting
down the virtual machine, let me navigate to the virtual switch settings. In
Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V creates one for you, going through your network
adapter. If you go to the settings for the VM
itself, there’s quite a few settings you can change, like the size of the memory,
the dynamic memory setting, the number of cores on the CPU, additional virtual hard
drives, and so on. I hope you enjoyed! – Thanks for watching.

14 thoughts on “How to Install a VM using Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V in 10 Minutes

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  2. I have dedicated server runnning Windows Server 2016. I want to access the Hyper -V Ubuntu server using the IP address of the dedicated server. How can I do that?

  3. If I have multiple users wanting to access a VM at the same time, would it be possible to have
    concurrent logins simultaneously or do I have to create multiple VMs?
    Also how windows sees this with regard to licencing?

  4. 10/10 Tutorial video, well explained and perfekt pace on both voice and video. If you still check in here can you explain if I need to have invidiual licenses for each VM on datacenter edition or is it included? I've google lots of topics on that and it doesn't give a consumer answer.

  5. One of the best videos here. Good information and good hints, and a wonderful joke: I finished my lunch … and dinner …

  6. I have a problem , I want to ask
    Hyper V not Showing Host Machine / windows server 2016
    What is the cause? Please
    Thank you very much

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