Hyper-V is a hypervisor (or virtualization server) created by Microsoft that is available :
Important : although virtualization of Hyper-V is not always possible, there is a method to virtualize it seamlessly with VMware Workstation.
If you want to virtualize Hyper-V with VMware Workstation, follow our technique : Virtualize Hyper-V using nested virtualization with VMware Workstation 16 or 11
As explained previously, it's not always possible to virtualize Hyper-V with virtualization software.
Although this can be done by following our technique mentioned above.
So, you will need :
For this tutorial, we used :
Update 2022 : this tutorial has also been tested on Windows Server 2016.
Although this is not necessary for the proper functioning of a Hyper-V server, this will become necessary if you want to create a Hyper-V cluster.
In our case, we linked our Windows Server 2012 R2 ou 2016 server to our domain : informatiweb.lan.
Now, our server is a member of our Active Directory domain.
To install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 R2 or 2016, simply install the Hyper-V role.
For that, in the server manager, click on "Add Roles and Features".
Leave the option "Role-based of feature-based installation" checked.
Check the "Hyper-V" box.
Windows Server displays a description of the Hyper-V role.
Windows Server will ask you to create virtual switches.
Simply check the box corresponding to the physical network card of your server and click Next.
Then, the virtual machines that you create in Hyper-V will use this network adapter to access the network (and the Internet, if applicable).
If you want to allow virtual machine transfer from one Hyper-V server to another, select the check box : Allow this server to send and receive live migrations of virtual machines.
Change the locations to use to store the virtual hard disks of your virtual machines, as well as their configuration files if you wish.
By default :
Click Install and wait while installing the Hyper-V role.
Once the Hyper-V role is installed, you will need to restart your server.
After the server restarts, the Hyper-V role will appear in the server manager.
In the "start menu" of Windows Server 2012 R2, you will find 2 shortcuts :
On Windows Server 2016, you will only find the "Hyper-V Manager" shortcut in the start menu.
The Hyper-V Manager on Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016 looks like this.
To change the settings of your Hyper-V server, click "Hyper-V Settings" in the right menu.
As you can see, you will be able to change the settings mentioned earlier when installing the Hyper-V role :
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