Using Windows on KVM plans
Using Windows on our KVM plans is fairly easy but there are a few things to keep in mind.
- All VPSes are self-managed unless stated otherwise, enabling RDP, installing various software is the responsibility of the user.
- If you're using a custom ISO (or user provided ISO) for your install and have software, OS, OS stability related issues, you'll have to sort them out on your own.
- Installing Windows 2008 with VirtIO : Enabling VirtIO on Windows 2008 or one-click install with Windows 2008 VirtIO
- Installing Windows 2012 with VirtIO : Windows 2012 VirtIO
- If your VPS,
- has more than 10 GB of disk space, you can try KVM Templates
- has less than or equal to 10 GB Disk space, you'll have to use Enabling VirtIO on Windows 2008 method to install Windows on your VPS!
- Remember to activate Windows after install!
FIRST TIME USE!
- Please read the instructions from the welcome email carefully.
- You will need to use VNC (available at https://panel.crowncloud.net) to set up your server to set a password for the user for login upon install or reinstall
- If you do not activate your windows licence, the server will automaticly shut down itself
Adding additional IPv4 to Windows
Using ISO based install for Windows
- Select the ISO from the CD-ROM List and click Mount
- Change boot order to CD-ROM only
- Change disk driver to IDE
- Power Off the VPS
- Boot the VPS
- Click on VNC (HTML5 VNC or Java VNC) « Do this as soon as the VPS is online
- You'll see a black screen saying “Press any key to boot into CD-ROM…” here, click Enter to boot into ISO on prompt
- The install will start, you can continue the install as normal from here.
You will need to use the HTML5 or JAVA VNC function from https://panel.crowncloud.net to access your VPS the first time to set the password (as described above) and to setup/enable RDP, after this you can use RDP as normal.
- RDP is disabled by default in Windows installs, you'll need to enable it up on your own.
- Username/Password for RDP is the password you set during the Windows Install.
- Default user is always Administrator and password is the one you set at first install/login.
Guides on how to enable RDP
- Windows 7/8:
- Windows 2008:
- Windows 2012:
If your VPS has over 10 GB of disk space, one click install is available as well,
To install your VPS with VirtIO instead of default IDE using ISO/CD-ROM method for better performance, follow this guide, Enabling VirtIO on Windows 2008 . The steps are more or less the same for Windows 2008 and 2012 with the exception of the drivers needed, drivers for windows 2008 and 2012 are listed below:
- VirtIO drivers for Windows 2008 can be found under “Windows VirtIO Driver v0.1.30”, under WindowsVista/Windows7 /win7 folder in the Driver CD-ROM or so
- VirtIO drivers for Windows 2012 can be found under “virtIO win v0.1.81”, under Windows8/win8 folder in the Driver CD-ROM or so
If your RDP doesnt work, you may also need to enable it in the Windows firewall
Guide : https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/danstolts/2010/03/allow-remote-desktop-services-and-ping-through-firewall-on-windows-server-2008-r2-or-windows-7/