Setting up server2008 as a virtual machine on top of Win7. Testing only

Posted on 2009-12-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-23
I need to setup windows server 2008 (x64) as a virtual machine on my windows 7 computer. Its only for testing / practice for a few days.

What is the best way to do this? What software should I use?

Question by:SM17CH
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    Accepted Solution

    I suggest using VMWare...

    You can download the player from:

    its free to personal / non-commercial use...
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    First of all, you neen to ensure your CPU support Intel-VT or AMD-V since you want to run 64bit guest OS
    Enable that feature in BIOS before you start installing the guest OS in the VM
    If for few days, you can go for vmware server workstation(30-day eval) or vmware server(free)
    Both are good matured products, take note you wont be able to create VMs using vmware player, as the name implies you can only "play" the VM
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    ryder0707... you can create VM's using the player, here is a FAQ from their website.  I do like VMWare server better but since he is evaluating software this maybe easier for him to setup


    What can I do with VMware Player?

    Use VMware Player to create, run, evaluate, and share software running in virtual machines:

    Create: Use VMware Player to create virtual machines with the latest 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Linux operating systems. With Easy Install its easier than installing them directly on your PC.

    Run: VMware Player can be used by anyone to run virtual machines on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Player makes it quick and easy to take advantage of the security, flexibility, and portability of virtual machines.

    Evaluate: VMware Player is ideal for safely evaluating software distributed as a virtual appliance. Virtual appliances are pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run enterprise software applications packaged along with an operating system in a virtual machine. With VMware Player, anyone can quickly and easily experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles. Run over 900 virtual appliances from leading software vendors available from the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace.

    Share: VMware Player can be used by anyone to run a virtual machine shared by a colleague or friend. For example, customer support and development teams can share a customer scenario encapsulated within a virtual machine.
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    Oh good to know perhaps the latest version already support it then, its fine because last i used was ver 2
    But i still prefer ws7, it has more features especially snapshot which is important for testing purposes as you can easily revert back to old image, can record video of VM for demo to users & easily clone any VM
    Btw, thanks for the update
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    Assisted Solution

    VMware Virtual Server is free product and can support Windows 2008 64bit.

    You need to ensure that you have a 64bit processor and enable 64bit on motherboard. Most of the new features of Windows 2008 64Bit will work under VMWare Server. However, if you want to enable Hyper-V inside a Windows 2008 Virtual Machine then it will not work. You will get a error that HyperV cannot be enabled on a Virtual machine. To enable HyperV, you have to install Windows 2008 on a bare metal with Intel VT or AMD-V enabled from motherboard.

    You can download the utility to check 64bit compatibility

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