Illustrated Installation of Hyper-V Server

As the stand-alone Hyper-V Server is now available, I would like to demonstrate what the process is for installing Hyper-V Server on a physical computer.  The requirements for Hyper-V Server are that your computer be a x64 computer with hardware virtualization support.  Once you have downloaded the installation ISO and burned it to a DVD disk, you can boot off of it.  Then:

  1. You will be asked to specify your language and locale:
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  2. Then you can start the installation and accept the EULA (after reading it thoroughly):
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  3. Next you specify the installation type and the location for Hyper-V Server on the disk:
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  4. Once this is done, installation will progress by itself:
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  5. After the installation is complete you can login as "Administrator" (with no password) and specify the new Administrator password:
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  6. Once you have done this you can login as Administrator.  At this point in time Hyper-V is now installed and enabled.  The only thing left to do is to configure things like the IP address, domain membership, etc…  Thankfully Hyper-V Server comes with a handy utility to allow you to configure all of these types of settings in a quick and easy manner.  This utility is opened automatically when you first login:
  7. After completing the configuration of the server using this UI – Hyper-V is ready to go.

As you can see the installation process is actually quite fast and simple.  Once this is all done you need to setup the Hyper-V management UI on a remote computer in order to administrate the system.