Step by Step Guide to Create Windows Hyper-V Virtual Machine

 

Requirements

We will install all Windows Hyper-V servers at C:\HyperV folder. Each virtual machine will have its separated sub folder. The sub folder name will be the virtual machine's host name. Here is an example C:\HyperV\TestVM. All information about this virtual machine will be under this folder (Disk file C:\HyperV\TestVM\TestVM.vhd, virtual machine configuration C:\HyperV\TestVM\Virtual Machines and snapshots C:\HyperV\TestVM\SnapShots).

Step by Step Guide

1) Change the default Hyper-V folders

Please see How To Change Windows Hyper-V Default Folders to Store Hard Disk File and Virtual Machine Configuration File?.

2) Create Physical Folder Manually

You need to create a physical folder to store the hard disk file and configuration files first. It is C:\HyperV\TestVM or what ever you want.

Create Hyper-V Physical Folder

3) Open Windows Hyper-V Manager

Windows Server 2008 Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Hyper-V Manager.

4) New Virtual Machine

Click New > Virtual Machine in the right side Actions panel.

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5) Specify Name and Location

Put TestVM as name and check on Store the virtual machine in a different location but leave C:\HyperV as it is. Then click Next >.

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6) Assign Memory

Specify the amount of memory to allocate to this virtual machine. You can specify an amount from 8MB through the maximum physical memory. Then click Next >.

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7) Configure Networking

Choose External Virtual Network from the dropdown list. If it is not on the list, you need to create the virtual network first. Then click Next >.

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8) Create Virtual Hard Disk

Leave the name and location as default. Specify the hard disk size (25GB) based on your requirement. Then click Next >.

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9) Option to Defer Installation Operating System 

Choose the default Install an operating system later. Then click Next >.

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10) Review and Confirm

Review the configuration information. Click Finish button if everything looks OK.

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11) Check the file structure

The file structure should be similar with below. Now you are ready to load operating system to your Hyper-V server. Please see Step by Step Guide to Install Windows Hyper-V Guest Operating System.

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