Windows Server 2019 Installation & Setup in Fusion!

Hello, my followers & visitors, in today’s blog. I will be showing you and walking you through how to set up Windows Server 2019 in VMware Fusion on Mac. If you’re using a different virtualization platform, then the process will almost be the same. Let's get started.

First, you will need to get the ISO image from the internet on Microsoft official website, so here is the link → https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2019?filetype=ISO

Now that you have the file downloaded, let's start setting up the VM. I am going to open my fusion and here is what it looks like.

I am already running two Linux VMS. Click the + sign at the top of the VM to create a new VM. After this, you should be able to see something similar to the below picture.

Click the continue button until you see this and now let's upload the ISO image into this.

You should see something like below; this is how the file will be attached there.

Go ahead and make some configuration in the settings of the VM, if you need, I will be changing a few default settings.

Now go and click the VM to start configuring further the machine’s setting.

Click Next and then install to install it. Click Standard Desktop and agree to the terms of the license.

Choose ‘custom installation

Now let’s wait for the installation process to finish.

The default username will be Administrator which is picked by the system; now go ahead and choose a password for your machine.

Go and click the ‘finish button’. Now, our Windows Server 2019 and Domain Controller are ready to launch and use.

Use the password that you have set up earlier in the blank windows box to log in.

Now that we have done the Windows Server installation, let's change some default settings, such as computer name, configure static network settings, etc.

So far, we have changed the computer’s name to something readable and easy to understand. Now let's change the machine’s network settings, so every time we boot it, it does not change its IP address, which could be a little annoying.

Networking Settings: First, let's get the machine’s IP address, go ahead and open up ‘Command Prompt’ / CMD or even PowerShell in Windows, then type the following command: “ipconfig & ipconfig /all for more network information.

Now let’s click OK to change the setting and restart the machine to apply the changes.

We’re done with everything. Go to the next page for the Active Directory Domain Controller Installations. This is the part where we’ll install AD and set up our domain controller. I know this is fun and exciting at the same time.

Click Add Roles and Features in the box.

Go through this wizard, install, and fill out the blank boxes.

Click Active Directory Domain Services, when you get there, this is the Active Directory where we will be managing users, groups, computers, etc.

You will get a message like below when the installation is completed.

Click the close button to close this message. Now go ahead and click the little flag icon on top to prompt the server.

You will need to fill out these empty spots, go and select the third empty box and choose a domain name for your DC/Server, something like local.com / homelab.local / homelab.com or whatever you choose but make sure it has dot something at the end just like a domain name.

You need to select the third one if you’re creating this for the first time or making a new domain controller. My domain is: win-srvdc-2019.cyberlab.local

Click next and enter a password for restore mode, this password will be used if anything happens to the server to restore.

Keep clicking next until you get here, I am going to keep things the way it's for now.

Keep clicking next until you get to the end. Now click install, just wait for the installations to be done.

You’re ready to use your Active Directory Domain Controller.

Note: I wrote this for the first time to just test things to get used to blogging and articles, etc. English isn’t my first language, so excuse for any mistake/grammar. Thank you for reading this!

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store