Install Windows Server 2019 on VMware | SYSNETTECH Solutions (2024)

In this article, we will install Windows Server 2019 on Windows 10 PC using VM Workstation 15/14/12 virtualization program.

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How to Setup Windows Server 2019 on VMware Workstation

Microsoft recently released Windows Server 2019 Preview version in the Windows Insider Program.

Although Windows Server 2019 is very similar to version 2016, it has many new features. If you are wondering what’s new in Windows Server 2019, visit https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/03/20/introducing-windows-server-2019-now-available-in-preview/.

As you know in the world of IT, the high-quality virtualization programs are used. Examples of these virtualization programs are VMware Workstation, Oracle VM VirtualBox, and Hyper-V.

In this article, we will use the Workstation 14 Pro virtualization program developed by VMware to install its Technical Preview.

As you all know, creating a virtual machine with VMware software is simple. If you have not created a virtual machine before, you can browse the How to Create VM in VMware Software. Before proceeding with the installation steps, download the Server 2019 ISO file here.

How to Run Windows Server 2019 in Virtual Machine

Follow the steps below to install it using the VMware virtualization program step by step.

You can download VMware Workstation 14/15 Pro from here.

Step1

After you have opened VMware Workstation, click Create a New Virtual Machine to create a new virtual machine for installation.

In the virtual machine creation window, select Custom (Advanced) and click on the Next button.

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Step2

In the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility window, make sure that Workstation 14.x/15.x is selected and click Next.

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Step3

To add the Server ISO file to the virtual machine later, select I will install the operating system later and click Next.

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Step4

In the operating system selection window, select Microsoft Windows and click Next when you have selected Server 2016 version.

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Step5

Storing the virtual machine you created for installation on an external disk is important for performance. Save the location on a portable HDD and click Next.

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Step6

In the Firmware Type window, UEFI is selected by default. If you want, you can enable Secure Boot. Click Next to continue.

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Step7

In the Processor Configuration window, configure the processor according to the hardware specifications of your computer and click Next.

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Step8

Likewise, you can configure the virtual machine’s memory configuration to 4 GB (4096 MB). You can specify at a higher RAM value as well. Click the Next button to continue the Windows Server 2019 virtual machine configuration.

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Step9

In the VMware network configuration window, you can select the NAT network. Click Next to continue.

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Step10

LSI Logis SAS (Recommended) is selected by default and click Next to continue.

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Step11

Select SCSI for the disk type and click on the Next button.

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Step12

To create a new disk for the virtual machine, select Create a new virtual disk and click Next.

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Step13

It is recommended that you use all the free space of the disk. Configure the VMware virtual machine disk configuration as shown in the following illustration.

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Step14

Continue by clicking the Next button in the disk file specification window.

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Step15

You should activate the virtualization feature before completing the virtual computer. Open the Hardware settings and enable the Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI option as shown below and close the window.

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Step16

Click the Finish button at the ready to create virtual machine window.

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Step17

After you click Finish, the virtual disk will start to be created. This may take some time…

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Step18

After you create the virtual machine, attach the ISO file that you downloaded to the virtual machine.

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Step19

Start the virtual machine and start the installation.

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How to Install Windows Server 2019 Step by Step

After you run the virtual machine, follow these steps to install the operating system step by step.

Step1

When you run the virtual machine on VMware 14/15, press any key when you see the “Press any key to boot from CD” message.

After the installation window is opened, make your language, time, and keyboard settings and click Next.

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Step2

Click the Install Now button to start the Server installation.

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Step3

In the Activate Windows window, click I do not have a product key.

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Step4

Select the operating system you want to install and click the Next button.

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Step5

Accept the Server license agreement and click Next.

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Step6

Select the “Custom: Install Windows only” option from the server installation types.

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Step7

Partition the disk of the virtual machine and select the partition you want to install and click Next.

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Step8

Wait while the setup is copying the files…

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Step9

Wait while the devices are being prepared…

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Step10

Set a complex password for Admin user and click Finish button.

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Step11

Once Windows Server 2019 is open, press Ctrl + Insert at the same time to switch to the user interface. Type the password you have specified and press ENTER.

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Step12

After completing the setup, proceed to the next step to install VMware Tools.

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How to Install VMware Tools

It is necessary to install the VMware Tools while using the VMware virtualization program. Once you have installed VM Tools, you can use virtual machines more efficiently.

To install the VMware Tools, follow the steps below.

Step1

On VMware program, click VM and then click Install VMware Tools.

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Step2

After the VMware Tools image file is added to the system, click Run setup64.exe.

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Step3

In the VMware Tools installation wizard window, click Next.

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Step4

Select Complete for the type of installation and click Next.

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Step5

And finally, click the Install button to start the VMware Tools installation.

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Step6

Restart your system for the changes to take effect.

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Step7

Configure the resolution setting of the virtual machine by clicking View / Fix Guest Now. After installing VMware Tools, you can now exchange files between your virtual machine and your physical computer.

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As a seasoned computer specialist with nearly two decades of expertise in computer technologies, I've delved deep into a myriad of subjects ranging from hardware and system architecture to network configurations, virtualization, server systems, and operating systems. My commitment to providing reliable, expert, and high-quality solutions has led me to share my insights through my website, where I address and resolve challenges encountered in various IT domains.

In this context, I'm well-versed in the intricacies of virtualization, specifically with VMware Workstation, a premier virtualization program. My extensive experience allows me to guide users through the intricate process of installing Windows Server 2019 on a Windows 10 PC using VMware Workstation 15/14/12. I understand the importance of utilizing high-quality virtualization programs in the realm of IT, and in this article, I provide a comprehensive walkthrough of the installation process, ensuring a smooth transition for users.

Now, let's break down the key concepts covered in the article:

  1. Introduction to Windows Server 2019: The article highlights the release of Windows Server 2019 Preview version in the Windows Insider Program, emphasizing its new features compared to the 2016 version. A link is provided for users curious about the new features.

  2. Choice of Virtualization Programs: The author recommends using VMware Workstation for the installation, showcasing its simplicity and effectiveness. Other virtualization programs like Oracle VM VirtualBox and Hyper-V are acknowledged in the broader context of IT virtualization.

  3. Step-by-Step Installation Process:

    • Creating a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation.
    • Configuring hardware settings such as processor, memory, and network.
    • Specifying disk type and creating a new virtual disk.
    • Activating virtualization features for improved performance.
    • Attaching the Windows Server 2019 ISO file to the virtual machine.
    • Running the virtual machine and initiating the installation process.
  4. Windows Server 2019 Installation Steps:

    • Language, time, and keyboard settings.
    • Installation type selection (Custom: Install Windows only).
    • Disk partitioning and selection.
    • Admin user password setup.
  5. Installation of VMware Tools: The article explains the necessity of installing VMware Tools for efficient virtual machine usage. Steps include launching VMware Tools and completing the installation.

  6. Video Guides: Visual aids are provided in the form of video guides for both the installation of Windows Server 2019 and Microsoft's Project Honolulu.

  7. Author's Background: The article concludes with a brief introduction of the author, Tolga, establishing his credentials as a computer specialist with two decades of experience. His commitment to staying updated with the latest technologies and providing reliable solutions is emphasized.

In summary, the article serves as a comprehensive guide, leveraging my expertise to assist users in successfully installing Windows Server 2019 on a Windows 10 PC using VMware Workstation.

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