Oracle VM VirtualBox is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor for x86 virtualization, developed by Oracle Corporation. You may want to run multiple VMs on your operating system, with the type 2 virtualization type, this is possible. To achieve this, the following steps below need to be performed. In this article, you shall learn how to Install Windows Server 2019 on Virtualbox. On how to perform Post OS Installation configuration of Windows Server 2019 Properties, how to install Windows Server 2016 Operating System, and how to install and configure Ubuntu Linux.
Create a New VM
Part A: Prepare the Virtualbox environment to hold the Windows folders for the new VM. Click on “New” from the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager. See this guide for how to install Windows Server 2022 on VMware Workstation.
Enter the name, version, and desired path to host the VMs and click on continue
Select the memory size as shown below. You can type in the memory size or use the bar to increase it as well.
Click on “Create a virtual hard disk now”
This will open the hard disk type window as shown below. I will select VDI (Virtual Disk image)
Choose if you wish the hard disk to dynamically increase or use a fixed hard disk file size. I will be using a fixed size which will be entered in the next page
Enter the Hard Disk size of your choice as shown below. You can also change the file location if you wish from here.
Next, this will create the VM as shown below
Now the VM creation process is complate and VM successfull created.
Attach an ISO Image to the VirtualBox VM
Part B: To access and attach the Windows Server 2019 ISO file, the following steps should be followed.
On the Server, click on Settings or right-click on the server and select settings
Click on Storage, and click on Empty under the control IDE.
Select the Disk icon and choose the Operating system you wish to install as shown below
As you can see below, the ISO image has been selected. We can now proceed with our installation.
Click on “ok”. Next, select the VM and click on Start to continue the installation of Windows Server 2019.
This will load windows and prompt for the steps in Part C below.
Install Windows Server on VirtualBox
Part C: This step is similar to installing Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, 2012, and 2016 on Virtualbox. On the Windows Setup page,
Select the language to install, the Time and the currency format. Also, select the Keyboard or input method
Click on Next and Click on “Install now“
Note: Here you could click on repair your computer if this is the approach you need to take or use “Reset this PC”. See how to repair Windows 10 locally for similar steps. Select the operating system you wish to install and click on Next.
Accept the license agreement
Click on the button below to accept the license and click on the next button
Select custom install as shown below to install Windows. Pick Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)
Select the Drive to install Windows and click on Next.
Note: You can create an additional drive and install Windows on it. You can also format, delete and extend drives in this window.
After this step, Windows will be installed on the system.
When this step is complete, the device will reboot after a few seconds.
Note: You can restart immediately
This will prepare and get windows ready as shown below
The customised settings window will be displayed. Enter the Password and click on finish to complete Windows Server 2019 Installation.
The Windows Server 2019 setup is now complete as shown below.
To access the login windows, use the Contl+Alt+Del and enter your password to access Windows. Refer to this guide for the Post OS Installation and configuration of Windows Server 2019 Properties (Configure TCP/IP Parameters).
Note: It is recommended to install VirtualBox Guest Additions within the virtual machine, which provides better integration and improved network performance.
Please see How to fix Failed to open session in VirtualBox to install Windows 11 Image, How to install Windows Server 2022 on VirtualBox, and How to fix “The virtual machine ran into a non-fatal problem as described below, we suggest that you take appropriate action to prevent the problem from recurring“.
FAQs on VirtualBox Virtualization
The specific requirements oftentimes depend on your intended use. A general guideline is to allocate at least 2 CPU cores, 2 GB of RAM, and 60 GB of disk space for Windows Server 2019 on VirtualBox. However, it’s advisable to allocate more resources if you plan to run multiple roles or services.
If you are experiencing network issues, ensure you have configured the virtual machine’s network settings correctly. In VirtualBox, you can choose between different network adapter types. This is the same procedure for configuring VMware Workstation network. Ensure the virtual machine is using the appropriate adapter (e.g., Bridged, NAT, or Host-Only) based on your networking needs.
I hope you found this blog post helpful on how to install Windows Server 2019 on Virtualbox. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.