Step 1: Assemble What You Need to Test Hyper-V

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

To test Hyper-V by following the steps and scenarios in this guide, you need the following hardware and software:

  • A test computer that can run Hyper-V. See Before You Begin: Select a Computer to Test Hyper-V earlier in this document for information to help you select the right computer.

  • Installation media for the Enterprise edition of Windows Server 2008 R2. To download an ISO file to create installation media for evaluating Windows Server 2008 R2, see Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial Software (

  • If you downloaded the ISO file to create the installation media for Windows Server 2008 R2, a computer with a DVD writer that you can use to create the installation media, and a blank recordable DVD disc.

  • A connection to the Internet for the test computer so that updates can be directly downloaded.


You might need additional hardware and software for some of the Hyper-V scenarios that are included in this guide. Each scenario lists any additional requirements for that scenario.