Install Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Applies To: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Follow the steps below to install and set the initial configuration of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

Install Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

  1. Start the computer from the installation media.

  2. In the Setup Wizard, click the language you want to use during the installation.

  3. In the next screen, select the language to be installed, along with the time and currency formats and the keyboard layout, and then click Next.

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

  5. In the next screen, specify the location where you want Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 to be installed, and then click Next.

  6. 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.

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

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

Configure Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Hyper-V Server does not contain a graphical user interface. Instead, you configure Hyper-V Server 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.

screenshot of Server Configuration Tool

The Server Configuration tool is also available in Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 R2, although the options available in the tool are slightly different in that environment. The majority of the options in the Server Configuration tool are documented in the Server Core Installation Option Getting Started Guide (

Two options appear only when you run the Server Configuration tool in Hyper-V Server 2008 R2:

  • 10) Do not display this menu at login

  • 11) Failover Clustering Feature

Option 10 simply allows you to control whether or not the Server Configuration tool automatically starts whenever you log on to the computer with an account in the Administrators group.

To enable or disable failover clustering, type 11 and press ENTER. The tool will show the current status of failover clustering.

See the Command Reference for a complete collection of all command-line operations and options (

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 (

  • Using the Hyper-V Manager Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in from a server running Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2