Windows Server 2016 was announced a few weeks ago. To get a look at it, download the Windows 2016 Server Evaluation Version. This blog is the first part of a multi-part series. The first part will show how to set up Windows Server 2016 as a VirtualBox VM. This is an update to Windows Server 2016 using VirtualBox for Docker Containers.
- Download Windows 2016 Server Evaluation version. It's around 5GB, so download it over a reliable and fast Internet connection.
- Create a new VM using Virtual Box:
- Set up a dynamically allocated HDD, make sure to choose 30GB (as shown):
The installed operating system is ~17GB. The base
windowsservercoreimage is 3.8GB. So if you chose the default 20GB HDD, then no Docker containers can run on it.
- Point to the downloaded ISO:
- Start the VM, take the default settings:
- Click on
Next: Click on
- Select the
Desktop Experienceversion, otherwise the standard Windows desktop will not be available after Windows is booted:
- Accept the license terms:
Custom Installas we are installing as a VM:
- Take the default for the allocated space:
- Click on
Nextto start the installation: Wait for a few minutes for the installation to complete:It will take a few minutes for the install to complete.
- Enter the administrator’s password: Seems like it requires alphabets, numbers, and special characters. The dialog expects to meet the password criteria without showing the criteria. Yes, this is weird.
- Entering the credentials shows the Windows login screen:
- In a classical Windows, you do a three-finger salute of
Delto view Desktop. This key combination needs to be sent to Windows VM using Virtual Box menu:
- Server Manager Dashboard shows up:
- Latest updates need to be installed. Click on the Start icon, and search for
Check for Updates.
- The update window looks like this: Select
Check for updatesagain.
- Latest updates are downloaded and installed:
- Once the updates are downloaded and installed, then the VM needs to be restarted: Click on
Restart nowto restart the VM.
- Restarted VM looks like as shown:
This shows that Windows Server 2016 VM is now ready. Subsequent parts of this multi-part blog will show how to configure Docker containers and run a multi-container application using Docker Compose.