How to install Windows Server 2012 R2 on VirtualBox

Published on May 22, 2016 by Daniel Lanza

 windows  virtualbox

This tutorial will explain how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 in a virtual machine.

First, you need to have Windows Server 2012 R2 ISO file and VirtualBox installed.

Create a new virtual machine on VirtualBox by clicking on New. Select type and version of the virtual machine. In this case, Windows 2012 (64-bits).

Create new virtual machine
Create new virtual machine

Set the amount of memory (RAM). I selected 4096 MB (4 GB).

Set the amount of memory
Set the amount of memory

Create the virtual hard disk and set its size. I selected 40 GB.

Create virtual hard disk
Create virtual hard disk
Set virtual hard disk size
Set virtual hard disk size

When starting the virtual machine, you will be asked to select the ISO file. Select the Windows Server 2012 R2 ISO file.

Select the virtual optical disk file
Select the virtual optical disk file

The installation wizard will have been started. Select your language, time and keyboard input. Then, start the installation.

Windows setup
Windows setup
Install Windows Server 2012 R2
Install Windows Server 2012 R2

Select type of installation. In this case, Custom: Install Windows only (advanced). Hence, choose the partition to install windows and wait to finish the installation.

Type of installation
Type of installation
Partition for Windows Server
Partition for Windows Server
Installing Windows Server 2012 R2
Installing Windows Server 2012 R2

When finishing the installation, the virtual machine will be restarted. Then, type the administrator password and Windows Server 2012 R2 will be ready.

Administrator password
Administrator password
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2

Enjoy your new virtual machine! 😃

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