Its not often a bit of Microsoft software impresses me, but Hyper-V Server 2012 has done – especially for the cost which is free. Hyper-V Server is basically Windows 2012 Server stripped right down to provide just the Hyper-V element with no GUI although occasionally when configuring something a familiar Windows dialogue will pop up.
Anyway, installing Hyper-V Server 2012 is as simple as downloading the ISO, burning it to a CD and shoving it in your drive. The setup is basically the same as Windows 2012, choose your language.
Agree to the license – of course having read it 😉
Choose what sort of install you want – this is a fresh install so I’m choosing the confusingly named ‘Custom’ install.
Then choose where you want it installed – I have two drives on my machine, a 60GB one to use for the install of Hyper-V only, then a second 200GB drive to use to store my virtual machines.
And away it goes, simple as that and quick too.
Once the install is complete, the system will reboot and you will be asked to choose a password.
And that’s it, Hyper-V Server 2012 installed and ready.
The next post on this topic will cover connecting the Hyper-V server to a Windows 2012 domain and then using the GUI on the Windows 2012 Server to set up and configure the host and virtual machines.
*edit* sorry the next post never came as the outsourcers decided that they’d be providing us with ESX virtual hosts and not using Hyper-V as they deemed it not reliable enough.