Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Manage Virtual Servers

A virtual server is a server that has a unique combination of IP address and host name. By deploying virtual servers, you can save memory and hardware utilization. Virtual servers can also provide specific services to different users. Managing virtual servers differ from managing physical servers, and you need to have a comprehensive plan in place. The following scenario is based on the Windows server 2008 virtualization.

This article will help you to Manage Virtual Servers.


  1. Installing and managing virtual servers.

  2. Download Hyper-V from the Microsoft website and install it. Log in as an administrator in Windows server 2008. Click "Start" and then "Run," type "ServerManager.msc" and click "OK," Server Manager will appear. Right click on the "Roles" container in "Server Manager;" select "Add Roles" from the shortcut menu. "Add Roles Wizard" will start. Click "Next" to skip the welcome window and select "Hyper-V" by ticking it and then "Next."

  3. Select the network adapter you want to bind the virtual network adapter to on the "Create Virtual Networks" screen. Click "Next." The virtual servers need virtual networks to communicate with other network hosts.

  4. Skip the confirmation screen and click the "Install" button to install the Hyper-V role. The installation process will take about 20 seconds without interference. When it is successfully installed, click the "Close" button to finish it.

  5. Open "Server Manager." Find "Hyper-V Server" by clicking on console tree "Roles"->"Hyper-V"->"Microsoft Hyper-V Server." Go to the "Actions" panel residing on the right side of the window and click on the "Connect to Server link." In the "Select the computer you connect to" prompt, select the "Local Computer" and then "OK."
  6. Click "New" on "Actions" panel, then "Virtual Machine options" to create new virtual servers. A new Virtual Machine Wizard will be launched. Click "Next" on the first screen containing information on customizing a virtual server. Click on "Finish;" now create a virtual server that utilizes the default values.