How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019: Step-by-Step Checklist

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Microsoft’s team of developers has been working relentlessly to roll out a new version of its server operating system (OS) – Windows Server 2019. This latest OS became available to the public on October 2, 2019, marking the integration of Azure Cloud Services into your onsite infrastructure. Windows Server 2019 boasts new features and enhancements which have allowed you to increase layers of security, extend hybrid capabilities, elevate the process of application deployment, and build high-performance hyperconverged infrastructure.

As you can see, Windows Server 2019 provides a new and exciting functionality which can completely transform your production environment. However, you should also be aware of numerous risks and threats that modern businesses are exposed to on a daily basis. To solve this issue, NAKIVO offers one of the most efficient, fast, and reliable backup and site recovery solutions on the market. In today’s blog post, you will discover how to install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019 using PowerShell, DISM, or Server Manager, allowing you to build a virtual environment in the most convenient way possible. Also, you will learn how NAKIVO Backup & Replication can effectively protect your physical workloads with its Windows Server Backup functionality and ensure successful P2V migration of your physical servers to virtual machines (VMs).

Before You Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019

Before you can start installing Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019, you need to ensure that specific hardware requirements are met. Otherwise, the installation process will fail.

The minimum system prerequisites for successful Hyper-V deployment include:

  • 4 GHz 64-bit CPU
  • Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
  • VM Monitor Mode Extensions
  • Minimum 4 GB of RAM, which should be enough for running the host and VMs at the preliminary stage of Hyper-V deployment
  • Hardware-assisted virtualization with Intel VT or AMD-V
  • Hardware-enforced Data Execution Prevention (DEP) with the XD bit (for Intel systems) or the NX bit (for AMD systems)

However, if you are still not sure that your system fully meets the listed requirements, you can open Windows PowerShell or cmd.exe and run the following command – systeminfo.exe. After that, you will be presented with a report detailing all the Hyper-V requirements with which your system complies.

Running the systeminfo.exe command (How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019

How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019

The next section of this blog post will describe the different ways of installing Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019. To install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019, you can use one of the following tools: PowerShell, DISM, or Server Manager. Look at each of these processes to decide which option suits you best.

Windows PowerShell

Hyper-V installation process using PowerShell commands can be completed in less than a minute. For this purpose, you need to open PowerShell in the Administrator mode and run the following command:

Install-WindowsFeature -Name Hyper-V -ComputerName <computer_name> -IncludeManagementTools -Restart

After The Hyper-V installation process is over, you will be given the offer of either restarting the computer right away or doing so later.


If you want to install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019, you can also use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool. This tool is typically used for the configuration of Windows and Windows images, as well as enabling/disabling Windows Server features even if the OS is still running. In this case, to install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019 using DISM, you should open PowerShell or CMD in an elevated prompt and run this command:

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V

Once the operation is complete, you will be asked to restart the computer to save changes.

Server Manager

Installing Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019 using Server Manager is a far more complex approach than the other two. For this purpose, you need to launch Server Manager and make the necessary changes there.

1. Open Server Manager and click Add roles and features.

Add roles and features (How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019)

2. Read the Before You Begin page and click Next.

Before you begin (How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019)

3. The next step is to choose which installation type that is most suitable for you. Here, you can choose to install the role on a running physical server or a VM, or on an offline virtual hard disk using Remote Desktop Services.

Select installation type (How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019)

4. Now, you can select a destination server. Server Manager presents you with two options: Select a server from the server pool or Select a virtual hard disk.

Select destination server (How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019)

5. After that, you can see the full list of roles and features which can be installed using Server Manager. Check the Hyper-V box here. You can also add Hyper-V Management Tools, if needed.

Select server roles (How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019)

On the Features page, you can select specific Hyper-V Management Tools which include Hyper-V GUI Management Tools and Hyper-V Module for Windows PowerShell.

6. After that, an introductory page to Hyper-V configuration will open. Here, you can read about the capabilities of Hyper-V functionality.

Configuring Hyper-V (How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019)

7. In the Virtual Switches section, you can select the network adapter for providing VMs with network connectivity.

8. Next, you can enable this server to send/receive live migrations of VMs, in addition to selecting the authentication protocol to be used for verifying live migrations: Credential Security Support Provider (CredSSP) or Kerberos.

9. In the Default Stores section, you can select default locations for virtual hard disk files and VM configuration files.

10. This is the last screen of the Hyper-V installation process. Here, you can have a final look at all of the options you have selected so far. Additionally, you can check the box Restart the destination server automatically if required.

Confirmation (How to Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019)

11. Click Install to confirm your selections.

Once the Hyper-V installation process is complete, you can start building your virtual environment.

After You Install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019

Once you have successfully installed Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019 using one of the above methods, you should go through the Hyper-V post-installation process. This entails configuring Hyper-V networking (create and configure a virtual switch, a Switch Embedded Team, a virtual network adapter, etc.), in addition to configuring your Hyper-V host (select a default VM configuration storage location; set up Live Migration process, etc.). Read one of our blog posts to learn how to go through the Hyper-V configuration process.

Windows Server Backup with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a comprehensive data protection solution which can protect physical, virtual, and cloud workloads from a single pane of glass. Its full-fledged functionality allows you to perform backup, replication, and recovery processes in a fast, effective, and reliable manner.

With Windows Server Backup, you can easily back up your physical servers, while ensuring the consistency of application and database data. Moreover, the solution leverages the proprietary change tracking method, which helps in identifying which data blocks have changed, sending only those increments to the repository. Let’s see how else NAKIVO Backup & Replication can transform your backup performance:

  • Reduce backup size. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can drastically reduce your storage space requirements using global data deduplication and compression.
  • Boost backup performance. With our out-of-the-box features, you can ensure that your Windows Server backups are performed quickly and efficiently without overloading your production networks. The Network Acceleration functionality compresses the amount of data being transferred over the network, allowing you to minimize network load, reduce backup windows, and overall achieve higher backup performance.
  • Protect what you need most. Business-critical data can get lost or damaged for a number of reasons. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you always have an extra copy of your most essential backups and can store them locally or in a public cloud. This way, you can successfully recover data even if your primary Windows Server backups are rendered unavailable.
  • Easily recover what you need. NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to instantly recover individual files and application objects (Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, and Microsoft Active Directory) directly from deduplicated and compressed Windows Server backups.
  • Streamline data protection processes. NAKIVO Backup & Replication offers an intuitive web interface which can be accessed at any time and from any device. With Calendar Dashboard, you can view all past, planned, and currently running backup jobs and effectively reorganize them to achieve better backup performance.


Microsoft strives to make its products effective, reliable, and utilitarian, for the purpose of improving the overall user experience. The Microsoft team designed Hyper-V with such simplicity and usability in mind, allowing you to customize every aspect of your infrastructure. For this reason, the Hyper-V installation process can be done using one of these tools: PowerShell, Server Manager, or DISM. You can select one of these approaches based on your needs and level of technical expertise. You can go with PowerShell or DISM, which is a fast and basic Hyper-V installation process. On the other hand, you can choose to enable the Hyper-V role using Server Manager, which offers a more comprehensive approach to installing Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019.

However, installing a hypervisor is only the first step to building a full-scale virtual environment. You should first and foremost consider the importance of data protection for your virtual environments. The best option is to find a fast, reliable, and affordable solution capable of delivering various data protection services across multiple platforms. With the Windows Server Backup functionality, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can protect not only virtual and cloud workloads, but also physical ones from a single pane of glass.

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