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Hyper-V Server 2012 Core Installation


This tutorial will walk you through step-by-step on setting up the Core installation of Hyper-V Server 2012 (no GUI).


Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 is a hypervisor-based server virtualization product. I have used many different virtual server platforms including Citrix XenServer, Oracle VirtualBox, VMWare’s ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and I’m sure there is more.

Since Hyper-V Server 2012 Core Edition is free, I thought why not try it out and see if it’s something I would like to implement.

Core Installation – Hyper-V Server 2012

This article is part one of two in the series:

Part 1: Hyper-V Server 2012 Core Installation Part 2: Remotely Manage Hyper-V Server 2012 Core in a Workgroup

Let’s get started with the installation and configuration.

Install Hyper-V Server 2012 Core

Boot to your install media. In my case, I booted up to my USB flash drive (learn how to create a bootable USB flash drive).

Run through the normal Windows installation by following the prompts.

Configure Hyper-V Server 2012 Core

From within the blue sconfig.cmd window, we have a few settings to configure.

Hyper-V Server 2012 Menu

1) Domain/Workgroup

  • Select 1
  • Select W (Workgroup)
  • Type the name of your workgroup and press Enter

2) Computer Name:

  • Select 2
  • Enter a name for this Hyper-V server
  • Restart when asked

8) Network Settings:

  • select the Network Adapter Index number
  • Select 1
  • Select S (for Static IP)
  • Enter the IP you want for this server
  • Enter the subnet mask
  • Enter the default gateway
  • Select 2 (Set DNS Servers) and follow prompts
  • Select 4

9) Date and Time

  • Select 9
  • Adjust time zone | Date | Time

3) Add Local Administrator:

  • select 3
  • Type the name of a user you want to use as a local admin
  • Follow prompts to create the password

4) Configure Remote Desktop:

  • Select 7
  • Select E
  • Select 2

*NOTE – From this point forward you can RDP into this server to continue

5) Windows Update Settings:

  • Select 5
  • Select A

6) Downlaod and Install Updates:

Follow prompts to either install All updates or Recommended updates.

You might want to do this over and over until there are no more updates available. Again, you can do this remotely (RDP) from the comfort of your main desktop computer.

Where to Go From Here?

Now that you have a running Hyper-V virtual server in your workgroup environment, let’s see how to remotely manage Hyper-V: Remotely Manage Hyper-V Server 2012 Core in a Workgroup

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