Installing Microsoft Windows Server 2016 (Technical Preview)
Processor: 1.4 GHz 64-bit Processor
RAM: 512 MB
Disk: 32 GB
So how can you get your hands on Microsoft Windows Server 2016?
- Click On Download Windows Server 2016
- Sign in with your Hotmail / Windows Live account.
- Download the ISO.
- If you are installing Windows Server 2016 on a VM you don’t need to burn the ISO if you want to install it on the Host, you will have to burn the ISO and Boot from it.
For this Demonstration we will be using the latest version of VMware Workstation Pro 12
- Create a Virtual Machine: (Skip this step if you are installing it on a host)
- Create a new VM. (I am using VMware Workstation 12 Pro)
- Select Custom (advanced) then click on Next
- Select Hardware Compatibility as “Workstation 12.0” (default) Click Next.
- Select Installer disc Image file (iso) and Browse to the location where you ISO is saved. Click on Next.
- Since VMware Workstation didn’t recognize the installation image, we will have to manually select it from the drop down & Click on Next
- Provide a name & location to your Server 2016 install.
- Select the Firmware Type - If you are not sure leave it at default BIOS.
- Set the number of processors & cores per processor (Make sure you do not exceed the physical number of cores)
- Set the amount of RAM. (Make sure you do not exceed the Maximum recommended Memory of your PC)
- Set Network Type, easiest Option is “Use bridged networking”
- At this step it is recommend that you keep the defaults selected. Or you will have issues installing the OS.
- Keep the default selection on SCSI (recommended)
- Select Create a New Virtual Disk
- Set the Maximum Disk size to what you need (32GB minimum).
- Provide the location where you want the vmdk file to be saved, by default it will save to the same location you saved the vm file in Step 6.
- Review the Configuration & then click on Customize Hardware.
- Click on Display and enable 3D Graphics “Accelerate 3D Graphics” Click on Close & then click on Finish (image18)
- Power on the Virtual Machine we just created.
- Wait for Windows to show the setup screen, Click Next.
- Click on Install Now
- Enter the installation Key if you have it, else click on “I don’t have a product key”
- Select the Version you want to install, Click on Next.
- Windows Server 2016 Standard Technical Preview 5
- Windows Server 2016 Standard Technical Preview 5 (Desktop Experience)
- Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Technical Preview 5
- Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Technical Preview 5 (Desktop Experience)
Select the “Desktop Experience” images to install GUI version of Windows 2016.
- Accept the License terms and click on next
- Select “Custom: Install Windows only” as this is a new install.
- Select the Hard Drive or Partition where you want to install. If you need to create new partition click on Drive Options (advanced).
- Get a cup of coffee & let it finish the installation, Windows will reboot when required and continue with the setup, no user input is required. Installation is Complete.
Post Installation Configuration
- After Installation, You are prompted to enter a password for the built-in Administrator. Make sure the password contain, special characters, both lower & upper cases & is alphanumeric. g. p@ssW0rd
- After finishing setting up the password, you will be required to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to login. In VMware Ctrl+Alt+Ins is the key to press instead of Ctrl+Alt+Delete
- You are then required to enter the Administrator password you set to login.
- After logging in you are greeted with the new Server Manager.
- But before proceeding any further we will install VMware Integration Tools. To Mount the VMTools ISO we simply Right click on the VM name & select “Install VMware Tools…”
- To begin the install, Open Explorer (by right clicking on the start menu) then clicking on This PC
- Right Click on the DVD Drive & select “Install or run program from your media”
- Click on Next.
- Select Typical and Click on Next
- Click on Install
- Click on Finish and Click on Yes to Reboot (Necessary)
- After Reboot you will have successfully installed VMware tools, and should now have improved mouse & display performance.
Stay tuned for more Guides on Windows Server 2016.