Hyper-V Replica – Installation Process

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Hyper-V Replica is installed as part of the Hyper-V Role.
Installation UI/Wizard

To add the Hyper-V Role to a server installation, use the Add Role and Feature Wizard (ARFW), which is part of Server Manager or use the Deployment Image and Servicing Management (DISM) command line tool. A reboot is required. This can occur automatically if the installation is being executed in the Server Manager interface by checking a box (Restart each target machine automatically if needed) in the wizard (Confirmation screen). This allows the server to reboot, if needed.


Installation Command Line Interface (CLI)

The Hyper-V Role can also be installed from the command line interface by using the Deployment Image and Service Management (DISM) command line tool. At a command prompt, type: dism /online /enable-feature /featurename: Microsoft-Hyper-V. A reboot is required to complete the installation. The Server Manager PowerShell cmdlet Install-WindowsFeature can also be used.

Install-WindowsFeature -Name Hyper-V -IncludeManagementTools

When adding the Hyper-V Role using the ARFW, there is an opportunity to create Virtual Switches in Hyper-V. This step can be accomplished in the wizard when installing the Role or it can be done afterwards using the Hyper-V Manager interface.


You can allow the Hyper-V server to receive Live Migrations


You can also specify the default location for virtual hard disks and virtual machine configuration files


A reboot is required to complete the configuration of the Hyper-V role.


Verifying Installation

Once the installation is completed (following a reboot of the server), the Hyper-V role will show as installed in Server Manager and the Hyper-V Manager will be listed under Administrative tools. To verify proper functioning of Hyper-V, run the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) and then create a new virtual machine and verify it starts correctly.


To remove the Hyper-V Role, use the Remove Roles and Features Wizard (RRFW) in Server Manager, use the Deployment Image and Servicing Management (DISM) command line tool, or use the Server Manager PowerShell Cmdlet Uninstall-WindowsFeature. A reboot is required to complete the process.

Written by Marcos Nogueira

With more than 17 years’ experience in Datacenter Architectures, Marcos Nogueira is currently working as a Chief Technology Officer at NogaIT Consulting. He is an expert in Private and Hybrid Cloud, with a focus on Virtualization, System Center and Microsoft Azure. He has worked in several industries, including Aerospace, Transportation, Energy, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Government, Health Care, Telecoms, IT Services, and Gas & Oil in different countries and continents.

Marcos is an MVP in Hyper-V and he has +12 years as Microsoft Certified, with more than 80+ certifications (MCT, MCSE, and MCITP, among others). Marcos is also certified in VMware, CompTIA and ITIL v3. He assisted Microsoft in the development of workshops and special events on Private Cloud, System Center, Windows Server, Hyper-V and as a speaker at several Microsoft TechEd and communities events around the world.