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Windows VM Server | 2021 | Easy Server Setup Explained

Last updated on September 1st, 2021

Windows VM Server Installation is technical work. We will guide you all the way. We are going to set up a Windows VM server on a virtual machine.

Windows VM Server Installation

We are going to set up a windows VM server on a virtual machine. A virtual machine is a separate operating system that runs independently but side-by-side with your host operating system.

Virtual Machine uses your computer’s hardware but any changes made within a virtual machine will not affect your host operating system.

Our first step will be setting up our environment

To do this we are going to use a software called VMware Workstation.

Now there is a paid version of VMware Workstation as well.

But we’re going to be using the free trial to set this up.

There are other software packages out there that allow you to do the same thing as VirtualBox.

We’re going to be using VMware Workstation.

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Windows VM Server Infographic

You can access VMware Workstation by going to VMware products. We’re gonna try it free for windows 64-bit. Just hit download.

Once the download is complete we’ll open up the Installer and we’ll simply follow the prompts.
The default should be fine for most installations.

Once the installation is finished we’ll click finish. After that, we’ll open up VMware Workstation.

Before we create our virtual machine and install the Windows VM server we need to obtain the installation media for Windows VM server 2012.

Normally when you install a Windows or VM server you can use a bootable cd/DVD or USB Drive.

If you are installing on a virtual machine then you will require a special file called an ISO file.
That file will allow us to install windows VM server 2012.

As if we were using an installation disk to get this file we’re going to obtain an evaluation copy of windows VM server 2012.

Select windows VM server 2012 R2 or release 2. To download the evaluation copy of windows VM server 2012, we need to have a Microsoft account.

We have to sign in and once we’ve signed in with the Microsoft account now select the type of file we want to download. We need an ISO file.

Now hit register and continue and fill in the information. Some of this information is not necessary for instance we can select others for my role in our company or organization.

We’re just using this as an evaluation so we do not need the system center components.
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We’ll go ahead and click continue and our download will begin.

This is a larger file of about 4 to 4.2 GB so it may take a little while to download.
Once the download is finished we will go ahead and move the file to the desktop.

Now open back up VMware Workstation and click create a new virtual machine
We’re going to use the typical configuration and select the installer disk image file.

And select our windows VM server ISO that we downloaded.

We have the option of changing our virtual machine name and selecting a location for the files for the virtual machine.

Now keep in mind that you’ll need enough storage space to handle approximately 60 GB which is the default.

Here we can change the maximum hard disk size.

If you don’t have enough space for the 60 gigabytes you can turn this down but it is recommended that you stay above 40 GB.

Now leave it at the default before starting it. Uncheck the power-on virtual machine after creation and click finish now.

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Microsoft Windows VM Server

Our virtual machine is set up.

It’s ready to install the Windows VM server.

Create a windows server on a virtual machine.

Alright, we’ve set up our virtual machine and we’ve installed our ISO into the virtual CD drive of our virtual machine.

Now we’re ready to power on and install Windows VM server 2012.

So go ahead and select the VM that you made and click power on this virtual machine.

You’ll see on-screen just like you would in front of a physical machine.

The Installer will begin very similar to installing Windows or any other operating system.

We’ll select our language and keyboard and then click install now.

Now there are several different versions of the Windows VM server. We have a choice between standard and data center. You may stick with the standard evaluation.

Now when you select the operating system Edition make sure you select the one that has the option server with a GUI or graphical user interface.

You’ll be presented with the license and terms for the Windows VM server 2012.

Accept those and click Next.

We’re not doing an upgrade obviously so we’re going to install Windows only.

You’ll see that we have one virtual hard drive available to us we’ll go ahead and click Next.

Windows will begin copying Windows files getting those files ready for installation and finishing up the remainder of updating and setting up the system.

This process may take 5 to 15 minutes depending on the speed of your computer. Once the installation has finished the computer will automatically restart.

If you were installing it on a physical machine it would also restart.

The installation will continue.

After this reboot, once the computer has restarted you’ll be prompted to set up the built-in administrator account.

Type in a password and click finish now. Windows has been successfully installed and you have set up your built-in administrator account.

Press Ctrl Alt Delete to sign-in in VMware Workstation.

Control + Delete won’t work so you’ll press Ctrl Alt Insert.

On a physical machine, you would press ctrl Delete.

Type in the password that you set up for your account and you’ll be signed in to the server.

The manager window will open giving you an overview of your server from here we successfully installed the Windows VM server onto a virtual machine.

From here we can begin to set up our environment.

Now that we have working Windows VM server 2012 installation our next step is to create a Windows domain.

Here you can learn about KMSPico Key Management Server Tool.

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