Creating a Virtual Machine

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Install a Windows 7 client, or Windows 7 with Service Pack°1 (SP1) client on a virtual machine, on a server running Hyper-V for a Remote Desktop Services Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

Install Windows 7 or Windows 7 with SP1 on a virtual machine

To install Windows 7 on a virtual machine

  1. Log on to the server running Hyper-V as a member of the local Administrators security group.

  2. Insert the Windows 7 product DVD into the DVD drive on the Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) server.

  3. Open Hyper-V Manager. To open Hyper-V Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.

  4. Right-click the RD Virtualization Host server, point to New, and then click Virtual Machine.

  5. On the Before You Begin page, click Next.

  6. In the Name box, type the FQDN of the virtual machine, and then click Next.

  7. On the Assign Memory page, click Next.


On the Assign Memory page, in the Memory box, type 1024 if you are using a 32-bit version of Windows 7 with SP1. If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows 7 with SP1, type 2048.

  1. On the Configure Networking page, in the Connection box, select the appropriate virtual network, and then click Next.

  2. On the Connect Virtual Hard Disk page, in the Name box, type the FQDN of the virtual machine, in the Size box, type the desired size for the virtual machine, and then click Next.

  3. On the Installation Options page, click Install an operating system from a boot CD/DVD-ROM drive.

  4. In the Physical CD/DVD drive box, select the DVD drive that contains the Windows 7 product DVD, and then click Next.

  5. On the Completing the New Virtual Machine Wizard page, review the installation options, and then click Finish.

  6. In the Virtual Machines area, right-click the virtual machine, and then click Connect.

  7. On the Action menu, click Start to start the installation of Windows 7.