Microsoft is preparing the arrival of the new version of Windows Server. Naturally, it will be full of new features and special functions for users and administrators. The final version is not yet available. However, it is possible to access a preview from the Windows Insider program. In the following lines, we will see how to install Windows Server 2022 on VMware.
Some features of Windows Server 2022
- SMB Direct protocol over RMDA networks supports AES-256 encryption
- SMB 3.1.1 protocol adds enhanced security and performance capabilities
- AES-256-GCM and AES-256-CCM cryptographic suites are supported for all SMB encryption-related issues
- It is possible to copy files to SMB using compression with the Robocopy, compress, and Xcopy/compress commands.
- In this edition, the SMB Direct protocol over RMDA networks supports AES-256 encryption.
- Native management with Windows Admin Center
- AFS Tiering support preview function has been added. Therefore, it will help SMS with data migration tasks to a server configured with Azure File Sync.
As mentioned, Windows Server 2022 is still in the testing phase. Consequently, it is possible to access it through the insider program. With this in mind, go to this link.
Please note that you need to register for the Windows Insider program. Don’t worry, it’s a simple and free process. You just need a Microsoft account. On the other hand, these versions are not yet stable enough to be used in a production environment. Therefore, it is advisable to use a virtualization program. In this opportunity VMware Workstation Player.
Installing Windows Server 2022 on VMware.
Creating the new virtual machine.
VMware is a very intuitive and easy to use program. Check out our tutorial. The first thing you have to do is click on Create a new virtual machine.
A wizard will be displayed immediately. Consequently, you must click on the ISO option. Next, browse to select the image.
As mentioned, it is necessary to locate the Windows Server 2022 ISO.
When you are ready, press Next.
In the next window, you have to set the operating system type. Accordingly, select Microsoft Windows Server.
Next, assign a name to the virtual machine. Also, set the location of it.
At this point, it is necessary to assign a virtual hard disk size.
Finally, the wizard provides a summary of the installation. In any case, you can customize the configuration:
Once there, you can customize several aspects. For example, the RAM memory allocated to the system.
If you are sure, press Finish to create the new virtual machine.
Running Windows Server 2022 virtual machine.
From the application menu, click on Play virtual machine.
Please press a key to boot from the ISO. Then the system installation will start.
In the next screen you set the installation parameters. I.e. language, time format and input method.
Then press Install to start the process.
Next, you need to enter a code to activate Windows Server. However, you can skip this step. It is possible to activate the system at a later time.
Next, select the version to install. It is recommended to choose a version with graphical environment.
Then, please accept the license terms.
Now please select the Windows installation option.
At this point, you must select the hard disk where you will install the system.
Finally, the installation will start. Therefore, you must wait while the necessary files are loaded. In addition, the services also start to be configured:
After a few moments, the wizard will prompt you to create an administrator password.
Now, enter the newly created password.
After a few seconds, we will see Windows Server 2022 correctly installed.
All right, we have finally seen how to install Windows Server 2022 on VMware. In subsequent installments we will see more tutorials on this operating system. See you later!