1. Virtual Machine (VM) Deployment
Ensure that you have downloaded an ISO of Windows Server 2016 as it is the OS I will be using in this setup.
From the VMware Workstation Pro application, click File from the top menu and select New Virtual Machine… (Figure 2.1)
Select the Typical (recommended) radio button for the type of configuration to be used and click the Next button. (Figure 2.2)
Select the I will install the operating system later radio button and click the Next button. (Figure 2.3)
I had to go this route instead of immediately selecting the ISO during the configuration as a workaround to an issue I encounted trying to boot from the ISO stating “Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms.” (Figure 2.4)
Select the Microsoft Windows radio button for the Guest Operating System and choose Windows Server 2016 from the dropdown for the Version. Click the Next button. (Figure 2.5)
Assign a name to your virtual machine. One point of confusion for many who are new to virtualization is that the name of your VM and the name of your “guest” system are not the same things but these different items can share the same value. I can explain this futher once I’ve completed this post. The names of my three (3) VMs will be TestDC01, TestFS01, and TestFS02.
Choose a name for your VM and click the Next button. (Figure 2.6)
Leave the default size of the system drive (there isn’t a truely compelling reason to change it in my humble opinion). I did however change the default structure for disk creation to a single file instead of splitting it into multiple files but it won’t hurt the purposes of this lab environment either way. Once you are satisfied with your disk setting, click the Next button. (Figure 2.7)
Click the Customize Hardware button. Select the New CD/DVD (SATA) device and select the Use ISO image file: radio button. Click the Browse… button and navigate to the Windows Server 2016 ISO we downloaded earlier. Double-click this file and click the Close button.
Verify all of your settings and click the Finish button. (Figure 2.8)
When the VM powers on, press any key to initiate a boot from the ISO that is mounted. (Figure 2.9)
Click Next and click the Install now button. (Figure 2.10)
Select Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Evaluation (Desktop Experience) and click the Next button. (Figure 2.11)
Check the box to accept the end user license agreement (EULA) and click the Next button. (Figure 2.12)
Click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) (Figure 2.13)
Leave Drive 0 selected and click the Next button. (Figure 2.14)
The installation should only take around three (3) to five (5) minutes to complete. If it takes thirty-five (35) minutes there is definitly an issue. (Figure 2.15)
The system should settle at the Customization Settings screen where you should enter and confirm a password of your choosing. Enter these values and click the Finish button. (Figure 2.16)