How to Install and Configure Windows Server 2025

Window Server 2025 is here. You can download a preview from Microsoft right now. Click here to register for the latest iso image, and then come back and follow this procedure to learn how to download, install, and configure Windows Server 2025. I will be using Hyper-V to create a virtual server running Windows Server 2025.

Step 1 – Register for the Windows Server 2025 Insiders Preview

As of May 2024, Windows Server 2025 is on pre-release.

Step 2 – Create Windows Server 2025 Virtual Machine

You can use any virtual machine hypervisor you have available; it does matter if it’s Hyper-V, VMware, or OpenStack. Im going to be using QEMU Virtualization on Ubuntu.

  • Create a new Virtual Machine and mount the ISO image

  • I have given my virtual machine 12GB of RAM, 2vCPU, and 80GB of storage
  • Start the Virtual Machine and wait for it to boot the Windows Server 2025 ISO image.

Step 3 – Configure the Windows Server 2025 Installation

Now follow the installation instructions

  • Set the language and date/time

  • Set the Keyboard layout

  • Select Install Windows Server.

  • If, like me, you don’t have a product key, just click “I don’t have a product key.” This will give you a 180-day trial licence.

  • Now choose the version you want to install. In this example, I will install Windows Server 2025 Datacenter Desktop Experience.

  • Accept the terms and conditions

  • Select the virtual disk you created when first creating your virtual machine

  • Now click Install

  • Sit back and wait for it to install – it won’t take that long.

Step 4 – Post-Installation Configuration of Windows Server 2025

Upon completion, you can configure the server as follows.

  • Select “Do this later” on the Windows Product Key

  • Next, create your Administrator account, give it a password, and click finish

  • Now log into Windows Server 2025 using your Administrator Account

  • Welcome to Windows Server 2025

Step 5 – Open the Firewall to allow external network access

  • For the purposes of this demo, I will simply disable the Windows Firewall. This is fine in this environment because I have a hardware firewall elsewhere on my network. Do not do this in production.

Step 6 – Run Windows Update

It is always best practice to run Windows Update to make sure that you are protected.

Start > Type “Update” > Click “Check for Updates”

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