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


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.


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


Click next on the Before You Begin screen.


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

sshot-4 next on intro to hyper v

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.


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


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.


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.

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 02/1/12

Comments (5)

  1. Krunk_Fu

    Remember to enable virtualization in the BIOS or it will not boot after required reboot.

  2. Chris

    Will you be doing another chapter on this about the next step?

  3. Taylor Gibb

    @chris, yes there is another 3 articles for Hyper-V that i have already written, expect them soon

  4. Rio

    So do you mind to Brief and to explain what is for objectively of Hyper-V?
    Because i am novice , i would like to understand more before practise.

  5. Anonymous

    What I’d like to know is given the price tag for Windows Server (any version), why would an average user buy or use it? Particularly when even the least expensive version of Server 2008 is still over a thousand dollars, why would anyone choose to use Windows Server over even a non-free Linux alternative? I mean, is Windows 7 not expensive enough, or what?

    Now, I’m sure there are some people who need to use Windows Server in their job. They might even like it too. But I doubt there are that many of them. And if given a choice coupled with knowledge of other products I have to wonder if most people would even be using a Microsoft product to begin with.

    Quite frankly, I’m just a little angry with Microsoft these days and their latest UEFI arm twisting. So anything to keep more Microsoft converts from joining ranks is a probably a good thing. And less articles on Windows Server might be a good thing too.

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