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Do you want to try Windows server 2012 R2 VHD on VirtualBox or VMware?, this guide is for you. Using pre installed virtual hard disks always ease our job by avoiding ISO download, installation and configuration. You can find out more information about download link of Windows 2012 R2 server VHD and how to attach it to VirtualBox or VMware in this guide.

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R2 version has come up with several major changes. Hyper-V hypervisor has been improved well with few great features. They called that ‘Start Button is back’, but believe me, it’s not. The start menu/button icon is useless in this version.
Each aspect of server functions have been improved significantly in 2012 R2. You can find out them all inMicrosoft Site here.
If you want to know the included changes in Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V hypervisor, refer this nice presentation here.

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Download Windows 2012 R2 VHD

1) You can download either server core or with GUI here at official evaluation center (Microsoft account it required).
2) Extract the exe file you have downloaded. Since this is made for Hyper-v server to import directly, you will find more files and folders inside it.

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We need the VHD file only which resides inside ‘Virtual Hard Disks’ folder.

How to Run Windows Server 2012 R2 VHD on VirtualBox.

3) You must have latest version of VirtualBox. VirtualBox supports Windows 8.1 (2012 R2) from 4.2.16 version only. Better upgrade to latest version, otherwise you might get an error message says ‘Your PC needs to restart’ in black screen.
4) Create a new virtual machine. Select Windows 2012(64bit) as client OS.
Instead of creating new hard disk, select existing virtual hard drive option. Browse the extracted VHD file which is located inside ‘Virtual Hard Disks’ folder.
5) There should not be any issue once you have started virtual machine.

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Administrator password is R2Preview! , as of now. You could find more information here from Microsoft site.
Here is the working virtual machine on VirtualBox.

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How to Use Windows Server 2012 R2 VHD in VMware Workstation.

6) VMware workstation or VM Player do not support VHD disk files for direct import. Therefore, VHD file needs to converted to VMDK format. There are few free tools available for this purpose in Windows OS platform.
WinImage is a tool (free for 30 days) can be used to convert VHD to VMDK in Windows 8 or 7. Also, StarWind’s V2V converter is available for free after registration.
From Disk menu select ‘Convert Virtual Hard Disk image’. Browse the VHD file you need to convert and select default option in next screen to make fixed size volume.
In the saving dialogue box, select VMDK file format from drop down and press save. This will start the conversion process of VHD to VMDK.
If you want to know more about how to use WinImage for this process, refer this guide.
7) Once the disk has been converted successfully, create a new virtual machine in VMware workstation.
Select ‘I will install OS later’ option because we are not going to install OS.
8.) Select Windows Server 2012 as guest OS.
9) Once the new VM is created successfully, follow below step to delete default vmdk file.
After deleting, let’s attach our Windows server 2012 R2 VMDK file which was converted from original VHD.
Press Add and select hard drive. Make sure to select existing disk option as shown below.

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Browse and attach the converted 2012 R2 VMDK file.
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10) You can modify other hardware settings ( such as RAM and processor cores) if you wish. Then power on the virtual machine.
I’m sure it will start smoothly. VMware tools for Windows 2012 R2 also works fine in VMware workstation 10. I could able to install and use few extra features such as full screen, unity mode and improved display performance.
By using this method, you can use same VMDK (which converted from original Windows server 2012 R2 VHD) on VMware ESXi or vSphere hypervisor hosts.
Share your experience about these steps to install and run Windows server 2012 R2 VHD on VirtualBox or VMware workstation.

Book Name: Windows Server 2012
Author: Samara Lynn
ISBN-10: 1449320759
Year: 2012
Pages: 258
Language: English
File size: 14.9 MB
File format: PDF, ePub

Windows Server 2012 Book Description:

If your organization plans to move to a cloud infrastructure from a LAN or WAN, this book shows you how to do it efficiently with Windows Server 2012. Experienced Windows administrators will learn how to deploy, configure, and manage the server’s expanded capabilities and features step-by-step, using clear examples and numerous screen shots. You’ll also discover how to integrate employees’ private mobile devices into your corporate network.

Whether you intend to take your infrastructure to a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment, Windows Server 2012 provides the virtualization technology to get you there. This book helps you put it to work.

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  • Control your entire Windows infrastructure from the Server Manager console
  • Learn how Active Directory Domain Services provide more centralized network administration
  • Use Dynamic Access Control to manage data and user permissions
  • Provide data integrity and fault tolerance with Storage Spaces and ReFS
  • Gain robust management of virtual environments with Hyper V R3
  • Master networking tools such as IPAM to help you move to the cloud
  • Connect clients to network resources through Unified Remote Access