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.

Change Hyper-V Virtual Machine Step 1

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 >".

Change Hyper-V Virtual Machine Step 2

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 >".

Change Hyper-V Virtual Machine Step 3

7) Configure Networking

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

Change Hyper-V Virtual Machine Step 4

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 >".

Change Hyper-V Virtual Machine Step 5

9) Install Operating Sysem Optionst

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

Change Hyper-V Virtual Machine Step 6

10) Review and Confirm

Review the configuration information. Click "Finish" button if everything looks ok.

Change Hyper-V Virtual Machine Step 7

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.

Change Hyper-V Virtual Machine Step 8

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