How to Install Windows Server 2019 on VMware Workstation 15/14/12

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

How to Install Windows Server 2019 on VMware Workstation

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.

   Step 1

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.

New Virtual Machine Wizard

   Step 2

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

Choose the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility

   Step 3

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

Guest Operating System Installation

   Step 4

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

Select a Guest Operating System

   Step 5

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.

Name for the Virtual Machine

   Step 6

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

Firmware Type

   Step 7

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

Processor Configuration

   Step 8

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.

Memory for the Virtual Machine

   Step 9

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

Network Type

   Step 10

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

Select I/O Controller Types

   Step 11

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

Select a Disk Type

   Step 12

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

Create a New Virtual Disk

   Step 13

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.

Specify Disk Capacity

   Step 14

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

Specify Disk File

   Step 15

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.

Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI

   Step 16

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

Ready to Create Virtual Machine

   Step 17

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

Creating Disk...

   Step 18

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

Open ISO File

   Step 19

Start the virtual machine and start the installation.

Power on this virtual machine

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.

   Step 1

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.

Language to install

   Step 2

Click the Install Now button to start the Server installation.

Install Now

   Step 3

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

Activate Windows

   Step 4

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

Select the operating system you want to install

   Step 5

Accept the Server license agreement and click Next.

Applicable Notices and License Terms

   Step 6

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

Which type of installation do you want?

   Step 7

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

Where do you want to install Windows?

   Step 8

Wait while the setup is copying the files…

Getting Files Ready for Installation

   Step 9

Wait while the devices are being prepared…

Getting Devices Ready

   Step 10

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

Customize Settings

   Step 11

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.

Login to Server

   Step 12

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

Configure this local server

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.

   Step 1

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

Install VMware Tools

   Step 2

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

Run setup64.exe

   Step 3

In the VMware Tools installation wizard window, click Next.

VMware Tools Wizard

   Step 4

Select Complete for the type of installation and click Next.

Choose Setup Type

   Step 5

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

Ready to install VMware Tools

   Step 6

Restart your system for the changes to take effect.

Restart Server 2019

   Step 7

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.

Windows Server 2019 Full Screen

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