Install Windows Server 2012R2 using Virtualbox VHD

This blog will show how to download Windows Server 2012R2 180days evaluation and create a VM using Virtualbox VHD.


  1. First download the VHD file from Microsoft website. Make sure to select the VHD option:

NOTE: Once you use this VHD file to create a VM then this file cannot be used again to create another VM. So create a copy of this file so you wont have to download again to create another VM.

2. You must have latest version of VirtualBox. VirtualBox supports Windows 8.1 (2012 R2) from 4.2.16 version only.

3. Create a new virtual machine. Select Windows 2012(64bit) as OS.

Instead of creating new hard disk, select existing virtual hard drive option. Browse and select the downloaded VHD file .


4. Start the VM and choose an Administrator password. Use the Input->insert CTRL-ALT-DEL when asked during login.

You can now use various windows tools like Active Directory, Server Manager in your VM. Enjoy!






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