This page explain how to use Debian under Windows Server 2008.

Running Debian in Windows Server's Hyper-V

Installing Hyper-V

If you are reading this page, you probably already have Hyper-V installed ! for the other, you should follow Microsoft's instruction :

Microsoft has already provided an update. Apparently, you must install it to have a supported Hyper-V installation ([ Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB950050)])

Note that for some odd reasons, Microsoft doesn't provides a version of Hyper-V under 32bit platform (even though it [ can use 64Gb of RAM]).

Installing Debian

Important Note

  • None, currently



Step by Step Installation

Download Debian ISO image

Pick the Installation that best fits you needs, from []. I've picked the NetInst CD (at the time of writing, [ debian-40r3-i386-netinst.iso]).

Create the VM

  • Launch "Microsoft Virtual PC" in Start Menu > Administrative Tools > Hyper-V Manager.

  • The first time you run Hyper-V, you need to accept their specific attachment:EULA.txt: inline:EULA.gif inline:Hyper-V_Console.gif
  • Select the your server (on the left pane)
  • Go to Menu > Action > New > Virtual Machine. inline:wizard_1.gif

  • Choose a name for your Virual Machine inline:wizard2_name.gif
  • Select the amount or RAM for the Vritual Machine (128Mb is enough for text only. 512Mb is recommended for GUI/Desktop). inline:wizard3_ram.gif
  • Select the Network you have created during Hyper-V initial configuration (If the drop down menu is empty, clse the wizard, and go to Menu > Action > Virtual Network Manager). inline:wizard4_net.gif

  • Select a name and location for the disk image. You can change the maximum disk space allocated, but it isn't important since the space is allocated as needed. (Don't go below 6Gb unless you know exaclty what your are doing, not to shoot a bullet in your own foot). inline:wizard5_hd.gif
  • You can select the installation media for your VM, typically select the CDROM iso image you have previously dowwnloaded. inline:wizard6a_install_from_iso.gif
  • Review the summary, and click ok (or back ;). inline:wizard7a_summary.gif

Install Debian in the VM

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