How to install Microsoft Hyper-V

This article describes how to install the Microsoft Hyper-V in a workgroup environment.

Hyper-V is provided as a free product and does not require a license number or CAL.

  1. Go to the Microsoft Hyper-V website and download the DVD ISO file –
  2. Burn the ISO to a DVD Disc.
  3. Select a server for the Hyper-V – it must have a x64 compatible processor with Intel VT or AMD-V technology enabled. Hardware Data Execution Prevention (DEP), specifically Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit), must be available and enabled. More information on the hardware requirements can be found here –
  4. Boot into the DVD disc and install as required
  5. On first boot you’ll be required to set the Administrator account password
  6. Once set you will see two windows, a command line interface and the blue console window.

Change Computer Name

  1. Using the blue console window, select option 2 and change the computer name (e.g. “HYPER”)
  2. When prompted, restart

Set a Static IP

  1. Using the blue console window, select option 8
  2. Choose the network adapter (e.g. “0”)
  3. Select option 1 and then S for static IP address
  4. Enter in the required IP information for the server
  5. When prompted, restart

Create Administrator Account

  1. Using the blue console window, select option 3 to create a new Administrator account. Because we’re working in a workgroup this needs to be the same name and password as the system you’ll be using to the Hyper-V Management tool on (e.g. “User”)

Disable the firewall

  1. Because we’re working in a closed network the firewall isn’t required. If you need to configure the firewall for a production environment, see
  2. Using the black command window, enter the follow command:
  3. netsh firewall set opmode mode=DISABLE

Enable Remote Management

  1. Using the blue console window, select option 4 and then option 1 to enable MMC Remote Management
  2. Then select option 2 to enable Windows PowerShell
  3. Restart when prompted
  4. Log on again and enter option 4 again, then select option 3 to allow Server Manager Remote Management.

Enable Remote Desktop

  1. Using the blue console window, select option 7
  2. Enter “e” to enable
  3. Then choose option 1 or 2 – 1 is recommended and will work as long as you have the latest version of the Remote Desktop tool installed.

On the CLIENT PC – Install Windows Server 2008 Management Tools

  1. Download from

On the CLIENT PC – Configure the COM Security

  1. Click Start, Run, type DCOMCNFG. Click OK.
  2. Expand Component Services, expand Computers.
  3. Right-click on My Computer and click on Properties.
  4. Click on COM Security.
  5. In the Access Permission area, click Edit Limits.
  6. Select ANONYMOUS LOGON in the Group or User Name area.
  7. Then set the Permissions for ANONYMOUS LOGON to Allow for Remote Access

On the CLIENT PC -Open Hyper-V Management Tool

  1. Open the Start Menu -> Administrative Tools -> Hyper-V Manager
  2. At the top left of the window, right click on ‘Hyper-V Manager’ and select “Connect to server”
  3. Enter the name of the server