This is the third in a series of posts about my new dual-Xeon Citrix lab project. This time, we are reviewing the installation and configuration of the host.

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Operating system

In the first post, I’ve explained the reason why I am using Windows instead of VMware ESX. There is three ways to deliver Hyper-V:

  1. Windows Server
    • Datacenter version with included guest virtual machines licenses
    • Windows GUI
  2. Windows Hyper-V Server
    • Free
    • Separate guest virtual machines licenses
    • Hyper-V GUI
    • Limited to Hyper-V
  3. Windows Core
    • Separate guest virtual machines licenses
    • No GUI

I’ve selected the full version of Windows Server 2012 R2 to host my lab.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation version is available on the Microsoft website:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2012-r2 

Create USB boot Key

To be able to install the OS, I’ve created a usb bootable key with Rufus from the ISO file downloaded on the Microsoft website.
Download Rufus 2.2.

Rufus - USB Bootable key creation
Rufus – USB Bootable key creation

Install Windows Server 2012 R2

Boot on the USB key previously created and follow the steps as below.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation

I selected the standard version which was a mistake. Because I will have to convert my installation later to Datacenter.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation

Select Custom Installation.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation

Select your partition.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation

Windows is installing.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation

Enter a password for the local administrator account.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation
Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation

Windows configuration

First Logon
First Logon

Administrator account

I would recommend to disable the default administrator account and to create a new account with administrator privileges.

Open compmgmt.msc, select Local users and groups.

Administrator is disabled
Administrator is disabled

For my lab, I’ve created a new root account with full permissions.

Permissions
Permissions

Note: make sure that your new account has administrator rights.

Server name

By default when installing Windows Server 2012 R2, the installer is not asking for a server name and is giving a random name…

To rename the server, go to Server Manager, Local Server and click on the computer name and then on change.

Change the name of the server to the name your want(SRV on my lab), then reboot.

Rename Server
Rename Server

Activate Windows

Internet connectivity is required to activate your host.

How to activate Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter is required to be able to automatically activate guest virtual machines. Follow the procedure below to convert your Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard to Datacenter:

How to activate all Windows Guest virtual machines on Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2

IP configuration

There is two Gigabit Ethernet ports on the motherboard, so better use them all.

Network Adapter
Network Adapter
  1. Network Adapter 1 (RDP): 192.168.1.12/24(Static IP)
    • Dedicated for remote access
  2. Network Adapter 2 (VM): 192.168.1.10/24(Static IP)
    • Dedicated for virtual machines

We are done with the basic IP configuration. We will review later the network configuration for Hyper-V.

RAID Configuration

My storage configuration is below:

  • 1x SSD 128 GB (OS)
  • 1x SSD 512 GB (VM)
  • 2x 640 GB – RAID-0 (TEMP)
  • 3x 932 GB – RAID-5 (Software & Files)

To create the RAID-0, open diskmgmt.msc. Right-click on the disks you want to add to the RAID-0 and select Remove the volume. Then select the first disk and select New Striped Volume.

New Striped Volume
New Striped Volume
New Striped Volume - Format
New Striped Volume – Format

Select the two disks to add to the RAID-0 and click on Add.

New Striped Volume - Select Disks
New Striped Volume – Select Disks

Select Finish to complete the wizard.

New Striped Volume - Finish
New Striped Volume – Finish

To create the RAID-5, Remove the volume on the three disks and select New RAID-5 Volume.

RAID-5 - Assign a letter
RAID-5 – Assign a letter
RAID-5 - Select disks
RAID-5 – Select disks
RAID-5 - Finish
RAID-5 – Finish

Windows will take a few minutes to configure the disks.

Storage Configuration
Storage Configuration

Update the server

The first step required is to update the server with Windows Updates. The build installed is from 2013, so there is a lot of pending updates.

Windows Updates
Windows Updates
Updates List
Updates List
Updates install
Updates install
121 Updates
121 Updates

Reboot the server.

Drivers

Next, Install Java as required by most software. The nVidia website also requires java to detect the current video card installed.

Java Installation
Java Installation

Then Install the Graphic drivers.

nVidia Drivers
nVidia Drivers
nVidia Drivers
nVidia Drivers

Reboot the server and then install the remaining drivers.

Windows Updates
Windows Updates

Next step is to install the Intel C621 Chipset drivers.

Download official drivers from supermicro.com:
ftp://ftp.supermicro.com/CDR_Images/CDR-X10/CDR-X10_1.03_noME_for_Intel_X10_platform.iso

Drivers SUPERMICRO
Drivers SUPERMICRO

C621 Chipset drivers installation

C621 Chipset

Most components were properly recognized at this time.

I also installed Storage drivers.

Storage drivers
Storage drivers
MegaRaid Storage drivers
MegaRaid Storage drivers

That’s all for the drivers.

Additional software

I’ve also installed a few useful software on my Hyper-V host:

  • AnyToISO 3.7.0 PRO

Create .ISO file from anything. ($25 @crystalidea.com)

AnyToISO PRO
  • Virtual CloneDrive

Mount ISO file to the Hyper-V host. (Free @ http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html)

Virtual CloneDrive
Virtual CloneDrive
  • WinSCP

SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Windows. (Free @ https://winscp.net)

WinSCP
WinSCP
  • Internet Download Manager 6.23 PRO ($30 @ internetdownloadmanager.com)

Tool to increase download speeds by up to 5 times, resume and schedule downloads.

IDM
IDM
  • WinRAR 5.10 PRO ($30 @ win-rar.net)

Most popular compression tool.

WinRAR
WinRAR
  • ShareX 10.1

Best tool to take screenshots. (Free @getsharex.com)

ShareX
ShareX
  • Thinfinity Remote Desktop Server 3.0

HTML5 RDP Server. ($80 @cybelesoft.com/thinfinity/remote-desktop/server)

Remote Desktop Server
Remote Desktop Server
  • MobaXterm

SSH Client ($69 @mobaxterm.mobatek.net)

MobaXterm
MobaXterm
  • Notepad++

Best free text editor. (Free @notepad-plus-plus.org)

Notepad++
Notepad++
  • Speccy

Fast, cost-effective tool for profiling your IT resources. Speccy gives you detailed reports on every aspect of every PC. ($25 @piriform.com/business/speccy-business-edition)

Speccy Pro
Speccy Pro

Install Hyper-V role

Select Add Roles and Features on the Server Manager dashboard.

Next
Next

Click Next until Server Roles then select Hyper-V.

Select Hyper-V
Select Hyper-V

Select Next.

Select Next
Select Next

On this screen, select the network adapter assigned to virtual machines.

Hyper-V Network Configuration
Hyper-V Network Configuration
Select Next to pass this screen
Select Next to pass this screen

The next screen is to configure the location of the virtual machines files.

  • VM Configuration -> D:\Hyper-V\Configuration
  • VM Disks -> D:\VM
Hyper-V Configuration
Hyper-V Configuration

Review the configuration

Review the configuration
Review the configuration
Installation of Hyper-V in progress
Installation of Hyper-V in progress

Then start Hyper-V Manager.

Hyper-V Manager
Hyper-V Manager

In the next post, I’ll review the configuration of Hyper-V.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I am about to purchase this exact processor (dual) for a host that will run Hyperv 2012R2. Would you characterize this processor as adequate for running 8 VMs, lightly equipped? I realize there a ton of factors that can impact performance. This is a single host with RAID 10 (600 IOPS) that will run a DC, File server (for 20 people), SQL Server (for 10 people, an accouting application) – with the other 5 VMs intended for future growth like a small IIS server (one or two static websites), etc. I am new to Hyperv and mainly wondering if this CPU alone is a risk. I understand again there are other factors.

  2. That should do it. With this Dual CPU, you will have 12 cores/24cpu which seems to be enough for your configuration. I don’t have a lot of information about your RAID or the amount of memory you will have.

  3. Thank you! I should have added that my RAID is going to be RAID 10, QTY 12, 2TB 7.2k NLSAS drives. This is on a T630 (64gig RDIMM) with Perc H730 controller an 1gb NV cache. Do you still think this will work? 🙂

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