Install Windows Server 2008 R2 on VirtualBox

This article shows how to install Windows server 2008 R2 on VirtualBox. Normally, Windows 2008 R2 server available for 64 Bit only, so obviously your computer processor andmother board shoud support 64 Bit architecture and VT.

Even though you are running 32 Bit Operating Systems, such as 32 Bit Windows 7 ,Vista and XP as host, still it’s possible to run 64 Bit operating systems as guest on X86 VirtualBox. To make sure your computer processor and motherboard support this feature read this post. The mentioned post is having tools to check AMD and Intel processors. Once result shows that your PC is 64 Bit is ready then you can proceed the installation of Windows server 2008 R2 on VirtualBox.

 

1)      Create New Machine.

2)      If you are using VirtualBox 3.1.0 or earlier versions, then you can’t find Windows 2008 R2 OS as guest OS, so select Windows 2008 64 Bit. Later versions have  2008 R2 64 Bit selection.

Install Windows Server 2008 R2 on VirtualBox

3)      Set memory size to 1024MB, and create a new hard disk with 20GB space.

Install Windows Server 2008 R2 on VirtualBox

Select Dynamically Expanding storage option. Set the disk size and location of disk file in next screen.

Install Windows Server 2008 R2 on VirtualBox

4)      Press Finish to complete disk creation and virtual machine creation.

5)      Click on storage option in virtual machine configuration settings.

Install Windows 2008 R2 on VirtualBox

6)      Press ‘Empty’ IDE controller as mentioned below to insert Installation DVD or ISO image. If you have installation DVD, then insert it to host DVD drive select ‘Host Drive- Drive letter’ mentioned below. So when you boot Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine, it will read your host physical DVD drive. Here, I have ISO file and mounting it by clicking on Folder arrow button.

Windows 2008 R2 X86 Sun VirtualBox

7)      Make sure following settings are correct under system setting of virtual machine. Click on System to view the settings.

Install Windows 2008 R2 on VirtualBox

Processor – 1 and Enable PAE/NX enabled.

Desktop virtualization software

Hardware Virtualization Enable VT-x/AMD-V should be enabled.

Desktop virtualization software

8)      Now start the Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine in VirtualBox.

Installation will go smoothly if all settings are correct. I’m not explaining any installation steps.

r2installation

9)      As usual, VirtualBox worked very faster and installation finished very quickly. The working Windows server 2008 R2 on VirtualBox is below.

Install Windows 2008 R2 on VirtualBox

10)   Install VirtualBox additions to get better mouse integration, display settings, folder share, network speed and more. It’s always recommended to install or update VirtualBox additions in virtual machines. Restart the virtual machine after VirtualBox additions installation.

virtualbox_additions

 

There you go, R2 64 Bit Server operating is now on your computer by X86 Sun VirtualBox.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s