In this article we are going to install a Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. First of all, i’ve downloaded the free ISO on the Microsoft Download Center.
There are a copple of prerequisites for using Hyper-V Server 2008:
– Hyper-V Server 2008 is a 64-bit only technology and requires a 64-bit capable hardware with Intel VT or AMD-V technology enabled.
– Processor : Intel Pentium 4, Xeon, Core 2 DUO processor; AMD Opteron, Athlon 64, Athlon X2, . Hardware Data Execution Protection (DEP) must be available and be enabled. Specifically, you must enable Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit).
– Minimum CPU speed : 1 GHz; Recommended: 2 GHz or faster
– RAM : Minimum: 1 GB RAM; Recommended: 2+ GB RAM; Maximum 32 GB
– Required Available disk space: 2GB of available hard disk space (additional disk space needed for each guest operating system)
The installation contains seven steps, then your new Hyper-V Server 2008 is running……almost 😉
After you changed the password for the Administrator account, the Hyper-V Configuration Tool (hvconfig.cmd) automatically launches. You can use it for:
Change the computer name (requires a reboot)
Change workgroup settings or domain membership settings (requires a reboot)
Change network settings
Add local Administrator accounts
Change Windows Update settings
Download and install Windows updates.
Change Remote Desktop settings
Change Regional and Language settings (through inet.cpl)
Change Date and Time settings (through timedate.cpl)
Log off, restart and shutdown
As you can see, the installation is done within a few steps. Configuration can easally be done with the Hyper-V Configurator.