IT: How to Install Hyper-V Virtualization on Windows Server 2008 R2

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Windows Server 2008 R2 and later releases of the product ship with a virtualization platform called Hyper-V, which works quite well since it’s built into Windows. Today we’re going to show you how to install it.

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

Installing Hyper-V

Launch the Server Manager, by clicking on the pinned icon or using the Start Menu.

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When the Server Manager launches, right-click on roles and select Add Roles from the context menu.

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Click next on the Before You Begin screen.

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Now select Hyper-V from the list of available roles and click next.

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Click next to skip past the Introduction to Hyper-V, now select the network adapter that you want to use to create a virtual network for your virtual machines, then click next.

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You will be asked to confirm that you want to install Hyper-V, just click the install button to kick off the installation.

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When the installation is complete you will be told that you need to restart the server, you can do so by clicking on the link.

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When your server has restarted you will be able to manage Hyper-V from Server Manager under the roles node, you can also manage it by launching a dedicated Hyper-V MMC from the Administrative Tools section of the Start Menu.

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