Install Hyper-V Server


Applies To: Hyper-V Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Use the following procedures to install and set the initial configuration for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 or Hyper-V Server 2012.


To download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 from the evaluation center, see:

To install Hyper-V Server

  1. Start the computer from the installation media.

  2. Click Install Now, and then accept the license terms.

  3. On the next screen, specify the location where you want Hyper-V Server to be installed, and then click Next.

  4. As the installation proceeds, the computer will restart several times. When the installation is complete, you will have the opportunity to set up the Administrator account. Click OK.

  5. Type a strong password for the Administrator account, confirm it, and then press ENTER.

  6. When you see the message Your password has been changed, click OK.

Configure Hyper-V Server

Hyper-V Server does not contain a graphical user interface. Instead, you configure Hyper-V Server by using the Server Configuration tool (Sconfig.cmd). You can use an ordinary command prompt for operations that are not available in the Server Configuration tool. You must be a member of the Administrators group to use the tool.

The Server Configuration tool is also available in the Windows Server operating system, although the options that are available in the tool are slightly different in that system. The majority of the options in the Server Configuration tool are documented in Configuring a Server Core server with Sconfig.cmd. When you run the Server Configuration tool in Hyper-V Server, the Windows Activation option is not available because Hyper-V Server is already activated.

For a complete collection of all command-line operations and options, see Command Reference.

Because there is no user interface, Hyper-V Server is designed to be managed remotely in the following ways:

  • Using Hyper-V Manager from Remote Server Administration Tools or any other computer that includes Hyper-V Manager.

  • Using Hyper-V Manager from a server running Windows Server 2012.

  • Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 with Service Pack 1.


For additional management options for basic server functions (that is, not specific to Hyper-V), see Manage a Server Core Server. Most of the management methods documented there also work with Hyper-V Server.

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