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Step-By-Step Procedure To Install Windows Server 2019 On VMWare Workstation

We will show you how to Install Windows Server 2019 on VMWare Workstation. You can use this method to run Windows Server 2019 on your personal computer and practice new features and configurations before implementing them in a production environment. Windows Server 2019 comes with a lot of improvements and new features. And like always, Microsoft has made available different editions of Windows Server 2019 for different users and scenarios. In this article, we will focus on the Datacenter edition which is the most feature-rich edition of Windows Server 2019.

If you want to Install Windows Server 2019 on VMWare Workstation then follow this guide. We will show you step by step process to Install Windows Server 2019 on VMWare Workstation. This guide is also applicable for installing other versions of Windows Servers and Desktops on VMWare Workstation.

Basic Requirments To Install Windows Server 2019 On VMWare Workstation?

Before we start with the installation process, let’s have a look at the system requirements to install Windows Server 2019 on VMWare Workstation.

#1. Host Computer to run VMWare Workstation:

The Minimum computational resources needed to run Windows Server 2019 on VMWare Workstation:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo processor or later. AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3000+ or higher is recommended.
  • Memory: 4GB of RAM or more is recommended. The minimum supported is 2GB of RAM. Note that memory requirements increase as guest operating systems are added.
  • Storage: 60GB of available storage is recommended. Additional storage may be necessary when installing guest operating systems.
  • Network: A network connection is required for installation and updates.

2. Download Windows Server 2019 ISO File:

The first thing you need is the ISO file of Windows Server 2019. You can download it from the official website of Microsoft. Just go to this link and select the edition you want to download. In our case, we will be downloaded the Datacenter edition because it is the most feature-rich edition.

3. Install VMWare Workstation 15 Pro:

After downloading the ISO file, the next thing you need is virtualization software. In this article, we will be using VMWare Workstation. You can also use other virtualization software like VirtualBox, Hyper-V, etc.

Just go to the official website of VMWare and download the latest version of VMWare Workstation Pro. Install it on your computer and launch it.

Now that we know the system requirements, let’s start with the installation process.

How To Install Windows Server 2019 On VMWare Workstation?

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Install Windows Server 2019 on VMWare Workstation?

  1. Open the new Virtual Machine Wizard

    1. Fire up VMWare Workstation
    2. Go to File -> New Virtual Machine or Ctrl + N


  2. Select Custom Configuration Wizard

    Select Custom Wizard and click Next

    What Type of Configuration Do you Want

  3. Choose VM Hardware Compatibility

    1. Choose the compatible hardware from the drop-down
    2. Click Next

    Which Hardware Feature are Needed For This virtual Machine

  4. Select to install operating system later option

    1. Select to install operating system later option
    2. Click Next

    Guest Operating Sustem Installation

  5. Select the guest operating system

    1. Select Windows 10 since we don’t have the windows server option included yet.
    2. Click Next

    Guest Operating System

  6. Virtual Machine Name & Location

    1. Give the Virtual Machine Name & Location
    2. Click Next

    Virtual Machine Name

  7. Select Firmware Type

    1. You can select either BIOS or UEFI. Note: Only new boards supports UEFI.
    2. Click Next

    firmware Type

  8. Allocate the number of processors you need

    1. Allocate how many processors you need. This depends on your host machine’s hardware.
    2. Click Next

    Processor Configuration

  9. Set the Memory for the virtual machine

    1. This depends on your host machine’s hardware. You should leave the memory to run the host machine without hazels.
    2. Click Next

    Memorry for The Virtual Machine

  10. Select Network Connection settings for the VM

    1. Four options are available to select. Please read and select your desired network setting.
    2. Click Next

    Network Type

  11. Choose the appropriate storage IO controller

    1. Choose the appropriate storage IO controller
    2. Click Next

    Select Controller Types

  12. Select the disk type for the VM

    1. Select the available disk type on your host machine.
    2. Click Next

    Select a Disk Type

  13. Select the virtual disk for the VM

    1. Select the virtual disk for the VM if not create a new disk
    2. Click Next

    Select a Disk

  14. Assign the disk size for the VM

    You can select a single or split virtual disk option. Selecting a single disk will increase the performance. But, if you want to move the disk to a different location you can select the split virtual disk.

    Allocate the disk size and click next.

    Specify Disk Capacity

  15. Give the path where you want to keep the VM disk

    1. Give the location where you want to save the disk.
    2. Click Next.

    Specify Disk File

  16. Create the VM

    1. VM settings are ready to create the VM.
    2. Click Finish

    Read To Create Virual Machine

  17. Load the ISO image to boot the VM

    1. Select use ISO image file
    2. Browse the ISO image
    3. Click Ok

    Virtual Machine Settings

  18. All set to power on the VM

    Windows Server 2019

  19. First boot screen of Windows Server 2019

    Starting Up

  20. Windows Server 2019 installation wizard

    The installation wizard will appear in a couple of seconds after the boot
    1. Select the language time and keyboard settings
    2. Click Next

    Windows Setup

  21. Install Windows Server 2019

    Click on Install Now

    Windows Server 2019 One

  22. Select The Operating System You Want To Install

    1. Select the version you want to install
    2. Click Next

    Windows SetUp One

  23. Accept the License Agreement

    Windows SetUp Two

  24. Select installation method

    Select custom installation if you are doing a fresh installation. Or, select upgrade if you are upgrading your older Windows Server to Windows Server 2019.

    Which Type Of Installation Do You Want?

  25. Select the installation disk for installation

    Select the disk and click on Next to install Windows Server 2019. If you want to create additional logical partitions then select the disk and click on new assign the partition size. You can create multiple partitions within available storage.

    Windows SetUp Three

  26. Installing Windows Server 2019

    Windows SetUp Five

  27. Installation is in progress…

    Windows SetUp Six

  28. Windows getting ready after the installation completes

    Windows SetUp Seven

  29. Create Administrator User

    Customise Settings

  30. Windows Server is ready to use

    Starting Screen

  31. Windows Server 2019 Login screen


  32. First look at Windows Server 2019

    Wellcome Screen

This is how you should Install Windows Server 2019 on VMWare Workstation.

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    1. Hello There,

      In our openion, the ISO image should be loaded at the beginning of Step 4 or at Step 17 as shone here. There is a difference in the loading of ISO images. If you load the image at the beginning, the installation will go on partial auto pilot mode (A few steps will be self-configured). If you choose to load the ISO image later as hone in the post. You will be in complete interactive mode. You will have to go through every step throughout the installation process. This is good for custom installation.

      Thanks for your comment. Please replay if you have anything else.

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