Install Windows Server Technical Preview with Active Directory in Hyper-V (Part 1 of 3)

This is part one of a three-part series covering installation of Windows Server Technical Preview with Active Directory in a Hyper-V virtual machine.  Part one covers configuring the virtual machine.  Part two covers installing Windows Server.  Part three covers installing Active Directory.

Part One: Configure virtual machine in Hyper-V

Launch Hyper-V and create a new Hyper-V Host Virtual Machine.

Create New Hyper-V

Create New Hyper-V

 

Specify the name and location of your Hyper-V disk. Make it easy on yourself by giving it a descriptive name.  This should be the same name you are going to name the server when you gen it.  In my example below, this is the first server in my Windows Server Technical Preview domain, so it will be the domain controller.

I have already setup a directory as a default for storing all my Hyper-V virtual machines.  You can do the same, or else leave it in the default location.

Hyper-V Name and Location

Hyper-V Name and Location

Use Generation 2 unless you have a reason not to.  This will provide you full Hyper-V functionality.

Select Generation 2

Select Generation 2

 

Change the memory settings as appropriate for your environment.  In my case, this is a test environment, so I am using a minimum amount of memory.  Startup memory is set to 1024 MB and Dynamic Memory is turned on.  Once the new virtual machine wizard completes, this setting will need to be edited to provide minimum and maximum memory settings.

Set Startup and Dynamic Memory

Set Startup and Dynamic Memory

Select your network connection.

Select Network Connection for Hyper-V

Select Network Connection for Hyper-V

 

Select, “Create a virtual hard disk,” and set the appropriate settings.  I reduced the default disk size allowed on the dynamically expanding disk from 127 GB to 60 GB since this is a test server.

Hyper-V Disk Settings

Hyper-V Disk Settings

 

Choose “Browse…” and select your installation media.

Select Windows Server Technical Preview Media

Select Windows Server Technical Preview Media

 

Verify the summary screen and select, “Finish.”

View Installation Summary

View Installation Summary

 

Edit the virtual machine to change the dynamic memory and processor settings.

Edit Virtual Machine Settings

Edit Virtual Machine Settings

Change the minimum and maximum settings as appropriate for your environment.  For my test environment, I am setting 1024 MB minimum and 4096 MB maximum for the domain controller role.

Hyper-V Dynamic Memory Settings

Hyper-V Dynamic Memory Settings

 

Change the number of processors to two.  I recommend that every Hyper-V guest be giving two processors unless there is a requirement to provide more than two.

Hyper-V Processor Settings

Hyper-V Processor Settings

 

At this point, you can begin the installation of Windows.  Please continue to part two of this series.

 

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