How to Install Windows Server on VirtualBox: A Step-by-Step Guide

Welcome back to the Tempcoder Tech blog, your go-to source for all things sysadmin, scripting, and virtualization! In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of installing Windows Server on VirtualBox. Whether you’re a seasoned sysadmin or just starting your journey, this step-by-step guide will help you create a powerful testing environment for Windows Server.


Before we dive in, let’s ensure you have the necessary tools and resources ready:

  • VirtualBox: If you don’t have VirtualBox installed, you can download it here. Make sure to install the latest version.
  • Windows Server ISO: You’ll need the Windows Server ISO image, which can be obtained from the Microsoft Evaluation Center. Choose the version that suits your needs.
  • Adequate System Resources: Ensure your computer has sufficient resources, including RAM, CPU, and storage space, to run a virtual machine.

Setting Up VirtualBox

  1. Launch VirtualBox: Start by opening VirtualBox, and you’ll be greeted by its user-friendly interface.
  2. Creating a New Virtual Machine:
  • Click on “New” to create a new virtual machine.
  • Name your virtual machine and choose the type and version (in this case, select “Windows” as the type and the appropriate version).
  • Allocate memory (RAM) to the virtual machine.
  • Create a virtual hard disk for your VM and allocate storage space.

Installing Windows Server

  1. Booting from the ISO:
  • Insert the Windows Server ISO into your virtual machine.
  • Start the VM and boot from the ISO.
  1. Installation Steps:
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to set your language and region.
  • If prompted, enter the product key.
  • Accept the license terms.
  • Choose the “Custom” installation option if you need to customize partitioning or other advanced settings.
  1. Configuration and Post-Installation:
  • Set the Administrator password.
  • Name the server.
  • Set the time zone.
  • Choose your installation type, such as Core or Desktop Experience.
  1. First Login:
  • Once the installation is complete, log in with the Administrator credentials you’ve set.

Integration Features

To enhance your virtual machine’s functionality, consider installing VirtualBox Guest Additions. These features improve things like screen resolution, shared folders, and seamless mouse integration.

Testing and Basic Operations

With your Windows Server VM up and running, you can now test and experiment with various configurations, install software, and develop your sysadmin skills in a safe, isolated environment.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Windows Server on VirtualBox, providing you with a powerful testing environment for your sysadmin endeavors. We hope this guide has been informative and helpful.

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