! This manual will only work with Windows Server editions with the versions 2012, 2008, 2008 R2
! This manual will NOT work for a standard Windows Desktop installation
To setup Windows Server on KVM you need:
- A KVM VPS with 20GB disk space minimum (KVM Basic, Advanced or Premium)
- The IPv4 IP address of your VPS
- Your own Windows license (2012, 2008, 2008 R2)
- A VNC client
This guide shows you how to install one of our available Windows ISOs with your own license on a KVM server.
First login to the VPS Panel. Here you have to:
- Set the VPS to boot from the Windows ISO
- Enable VNC
- Set the "faster virtio Driver" to Virtio
- Set the "NIC Model" to Virtio
Now do a Hard reset and Logon to the server with VNC
After the hard reset of the VPS and connecting with VNC - This might take a few tries until you get the Windows to boot (“Press any key”), you should see the normal Windows installer boot screen:
Continue with the installation as usual until you get the empty HDD setup screen.
Here we need to load the client Virtio drivers to be able to select the HDD for the installation and to connect to the right network interface.
- Click Browse and navigate to the driver CD (usually mounted on E:\) :
Now select the right Virtio drivers folder:
- For Windows 2012 select the WIN8 folder
- For Windows 2008/R2 select the WIN7 or WLH folder
Windows 2012 is only available in 64-bit so select the AMD64 sub-folder - You *need* to select the correct subfolder matching your architecture (x64 = AMD64, x86 = X86).
After confirming the right driver folder you should:
- Deselect the checkbox to hide unsupported drivers!
- Now select all available drivers
- Click Next
You can now resume the installation.
Once the installation is finished you will need to set up the IP manually, before the server can be reached from the Internet. The IP, Netmask, Gateway and Nameservers can all be found in the VPS admin.
No further driver installations should be required.
Your Windows Server is now ready to use.