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IT: How to Create a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008

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Once you have Hyper-V installed the first thing you are going to want to do is start creating virtual machines. The process is mostly a next, next, finish matter, but just incase you are unsure, here’s a quick start-to-finish guide.

Note: this is part of our ongoing series teaching IT administration basics, and might not apply to everybody.

Creating Hyper-V Virtual Machines

To get started you will need to open the Hyper-V management console.

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In the right-hand panel, click on the new button and select Virtual Machine from the menu that appears.

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Now click next to skip past the Before You Begin section and give your virtual machine a name.

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Assign the machine a static amount of RAM.

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Now choose a virtual network that you want to join your machine to.

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Under most circumstances you will want to create a new VHD, however if you want to attach a previously created VHD it can be done now.

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I have opted to install the OS that our virtual machine will be using from a ISO file on my hard drive but you could choose a number of different options including network-based installation.

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Finally click finish to create the machine.

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When the machine has been created you will be able to start it from the management console by right-clicking on it, from there you can go about installing the OS as you would on a normal machine.

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Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 02/2/12

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