How to Enable Microsoft Hyper-V


Computer system virtualization, which is running multiple operating systems on a single hardware platform in simulated hardware environments, is popular with companies looking to stretch their IT budgets. The Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 platform provides virtualization support through the Hyper-V virtualization server feature. Enable Hyper-V from the command line when you wish to migrate servers from multiple to single hardware platforms and reduce expenses.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Administrator permissions

Enable Hyper-V from the Command Prompt

  • Log in to the Windows Server 2008 computer with the username and password of an account that has Administrator access to the computer.

  • Click the "Start" button on the Windows Server 2008 R2 taskbar and click "Command Prompt" in the menu that appears.

  • Type "servermanagercmd --I Hype-V" at the command prompt and tap the "Enter" key.

  • Reboot the computer.

Enable Hyper-V using Powershell

  • Log in to the computer using the credentials of an account that has Administrator access. Click the "Start" button on the Windows Server 2008 R2 computer desktop and click "All Programs," then click "Accessories."

  • Click the "Windows PowerShell" program group and click "Windows PowerShell."

  • Type "Import-Module servermanager" at the command prompt and tap the "Enter" key.

  • Type "Add-WindowsFeature Hyper-V" at the command prompt and press the "Enter" key.

  • Reboot the computer.

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