To install and use the Hyper-V role, you must have the following:
- An x64 processor. Hyper-V is available in x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008—specifically, the x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.
- Hardware-assisted virtualization. This feature is available in processors that include a virtualization option, specifically, Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V).
- Hardware Data Execution Protection (DEP). Hardware DEP must be available and enabled. Specifically, you must enable Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit)
To install the Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V server role, complete the following steps:
1. Click Add Roles. If this is the first role being added to the server, you may see a page describing the process for adding roles. Click Next.
2. Check the box for Hyper-V and click Next. Review the Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V overview and then click Next.
3. Choose the NICs to configure as virtual networks for use by guest OSs. Click Next.
4. Review the summary installation. Make a note of which NICs require configuration as virtual networks.
5. When prompted, choose to reboot the server to complete the installation. After the server reboots, log in as Administrator to finish the installation process.
After adding the Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V role, you can create and configure virtual machines.