In this tutorial, I will explain, how to install windows server 2016 as a virtual machine in VMware workstation 12, step by step guide. VMware Workstation is a hosted hypervisor that runs on x64 versions of Windows and Linux operating systems (an x86 version of earlier releases was available); it enables users to setup virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical machine, and use them simultaneously along with the actual machine.
Step 1. Install VMware Workstation Pro
Step 1. Double click on the setup to open the installation Wizard.
Step 2. On the welcome screen click Next.
Step 3. Select I accept the license agreement and click Next.
Step 4. On the custom page click next.
Step 5. On the user experience settings page click next.
Step 6. On the shortcut page click next.
Step 7. On the ready to VMware Workstation Pro page, click Install and wait to install until it installs.
Step 8. After installing Open the keygen and license the VMware.
Step 2. Create a New Virtual Machine
#1. Start VMware Workstation 12, on VMware workstation 12 dashboard, click “Create a New Virtual Machine. (In the Screen below)
#2. On the Welcome to the new virtual machine wizard, choose whether typically or custom, I have selected custom (Advanced).
#3. On choose the virtual machine hardware compatibility page, select workstation 12.0, then click Next.
#4. On the “Guest Operating System Installation” page, If you have a Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation Disc, select Installer Disc, if you have an iso copy, select Installer disc image file (iso): click Browse, and locate the iso.
#5. On the “Select a Guest Operating System” page, select Microsoft Windows for the Guest Operating System and windows Server 2016 for the Version. Click Next.
#6. Now, name your machine and browse to the location in which you want your VM stored. Click Next.
#7. On the Firmware Type page, Select Firmware Type, I have selected BIOS, click next.
#8. On the Processor Configuration page, Specify the number of processors for this virtual machine, and then click Next.
#9. On the Memory for the Virtual Machine Page, Specify the amount of memory allocated to this virtual machine, I have selected 2048. Click next.
#10. In network type option choose NAT so that you can use the Internet within the virtual machine. Then click Next button. Under I/O controllers type leave the default, LSI Logic SAS. Click Next button.
#11. Now, specify the disk capacity. I will enter 30 GB so that I will have enough space to install virtual machines in server 2016. Then click Next button.
#12. On the Specify Disk File Page, location for the disk file, and then click Next.
#13. Now you can see all the information in one place. If you think something is not right, then you can click back and edit it. Click Customize Hardware….
#14. As you can see below picture, select CD/DVD under the device and browse the location of ISO installation file of Server 2016. And then click Ok.
Step 6. Install Windows Server 2016 on VMware
When the creating virtual machine is created successfully, then we can install windows server 2016. So, how to install windows server 2016.
#1. On the Virtual Machine, click power on this virtual machine. You can now start installing Windows Server 2016.
#2. Once the setup files are loaded, the setup will start with the following screen. You can change these to meet your needs (the default values should be fine for now)
#3. Once you click Next, you can start the installation, click “Install now“.
#4. In the following setup screen, you will see two or four options. Select Windows Server 2016 Desktop Experiences (Server with GUI).
#5. After you click Next from the previous screen, Read the License terms, tick the “I accept the license terms” and click Next.
#6. Choose one type of installation you want: Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files, settings, and applications. Custom: Install Windows only (advanced). In this case select Custom.
#7. Choose the disk where you want to install Windows operational system.
#8. Now once we picked our partition, clicking on next from the previous screen will start the setup. This process might take a while.
#9. After it completes the installation, a window pops up and asks you to set a password for the built-in administrator. Type in password twice, and the password has to meet password complexity requirement set by the administrator for network or group.
#10. Click “Finish” to restart Windows server 2016. You are required to login in Windows with default administrator and password.
#11. Once you Log in, Windows Server 2016 will show the Server Manager. Congratulations! you have now Windows server 2016 Installed.
Finally, the creating virtual machine and installing windows server 2016 has been completed, we know that how to create the virtual machine on VMware workstation, we know how to install windows server 2016 step by step. After that, you need to know, how to configure windows server 2016. To do that click this link “initial Configuration of Windows Server 2016”.