Installation Process of Hyper-V Replica

Hyper-V Replica is installed as part of the Hyper-V Role.

Installation UI/Wizard

To add the Hyper-V Role to a server installation, use the Add Role and Feature Wizard (ARFW), which is part of Server Manager or use the Deployment Image and Servicing Management (DISM) command line tool.  A reboot is required.  This can occur automatically if the installation is being executed in the Server Manager interface by checking a box (Restart each target machine automatically if needed) in the wizard (Confirmation screen).  This allows the server to reboot, if needed.

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Installation Command Line Interface (CLI)

The Hyper-V Role can also be installed from the command line interface by using the Deployment Image and Service Management (DISM) command line tool.  At a command prompt, type: dism /online /enable-feature /featurename: Microsoft-Hyper-V.  A reboot is required to complete the installation.  The Server Manager PowerShell cmdlet Install-WindowsFeature can also be used.

Install-WindowsFeature -Name Hyper-V -IncludeManagementTools

When adding the Hyper-V Role using the ARFW, there is an opportunity to create Virtual Switches in Hyper-V.  This step can be accomplished in the wizard when installing the Role or it can be done afterwards using the Hyper-V Manager interface.

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You can allow the Hyper-V server to receive Live Migrations

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You can also specify the default location for virtual hard disks and virtual machine configuration files

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A reboot is required to complete the configuration of the Hyper-V role.

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Verifying Installation

Once the installation is completed (following a reboot of the server), the Hyper-V role will show as installed in Server Manager and the Hyper-V Manager will be listed under Administrative tools.  To verify proper functioning of Hyper-V, run the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) and then create a new virtual machine and verify it starts correctly.

Uninstalling/Disabling

To remove the Hyper-V Role, use the Remove Roles and Features Wizard (RRFW) in Server Manager, use the Deployment Image and Servicing Management (DISM) command line tool, or use the Server Manager PowerShell Cmdlet Uninstall-WindowsFeature.  A reboot is required to complete the process.

Written by Marcos Nogueira

Marcos Nogueira

With more than 18 years experience in Datacenter Architectures, Marcos Nogueira is currently working as a Principal Cloud Solution Architect. He is an expert in Private and Hybrid Cloud, with a focus on Microsoft Azure, Virtualization and System Center. He has worked in several industries, including Aerospace, Transportation, Energy, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Government, Health Care, Telecoms, IT Services, and Gas & Oil in different countries and continents.

Marcos was a Canadian MVP in System Center Cloud & Datacenter Managenment and he has +14 years as Microsoft Certified, with more than 100+ certifications (MCT, MCSE, and MCITP, among others). Marcos is also certified in VMware, CompTIA and ITIL v3. He assisted Microsoft in the development of workshops and special events on Private & Hybrid Cloud, Azure, System Center, Windows Server, Hyper-V and as a speaker at several Microsoft TechEd/Ignite and communities events around the world.

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