Hyper-V is Microsoft’s answer to running virtual machines on the windows platform. It is a very useful tool for running lots of machines on one physical box. Here is the steps I used to setup Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012.
1. From the windows server manager dashboard click add roles and features.
2. Click Next.
3. Select Role-based of feature-based installation then hit next.
4. Pick the server you are installing hyper-v on then hit next.
5. Select the Hyper-V role.
6. Click “Add Features” then back on the role screen hit next.
7. Just hit next on the Features screen. We do not need any of this at this time.
8. Hit next on the Hyper-V screen.
9. Select a network card for Hyper-V to use then hit next.
10. I am going to leave Migration off for now because I will only have 1 Hyper-V server.
11. I also only have 1 hard drive in this server so I will just keep the default store location.
12. Start the install. Nothing else is running on this server so I also checked the box to automatically restart if required.
13. After the install and reboot we go into the control panel. Then into administrative tools to find “Hyper-V Manager”. I like to make a shortcut on the desktop so it is easy to get to.
Now you’re all done Setting up Hyper-V! Just open the Hyper-V Manager and make all the virtual machines you want!