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Windows servers cost extra but there is a way to get Windows server for no extra charge, it involves using a custom ISO file. With this method you can have a windows server for $5 per month in a massive range of locations including Australia!
Go to section 2 (Server type) and click the “Upload ISO” tab and then the “Upload ISO” button below it, add in the url and click upload (you’ll have to wait a few minutes for it to upload).
Go back up and choose your server location, Obviously you’d want a location close to you to prevent frustrating latency issues.
By now the ISO should have loaded make sure its selected (2012r2.iso). Now choose your instance size (amount of SSD space, ram and cpu). Do note that Windows server 2012r2 runs fine on the $5 p/m option.
Dont worry about any of the other options, type in a server name and click “Deploy now”.
Navigate to the server information page for the server you just deployed. You will have to wait up to 10 minutes for the ISO to me mounted, once it has click the little computer screen in the upper right to view the console.
Either read these next instructions or follow along and pause this video (added below too)
Installing windows server 2012 r2 on vultr
Choose your language, time and keyboard click
Choose the last option Windows Server 2012 r2 Datacenter evaluation (Server with a GUI) Click
next and accept the terms, click
Click Custom: install windows only (advanced)
Click the cd icon near the bottom left which says
Click the CD drive (D:) iso
Click the Virtio folder
Click the WIN8 folder
Click the AMD64 Folder and click
Now click Red Hat VirtIO SCI controller (middle option)
next and make sure a drive with enough space is selected, click
next and wait a few minutes for the install.
Once the server restarts choose a password and click
Click the “send CtrlAltDel” button on the top left
Type in your password you just set and press enter.
Go to control panel and click “Hardware” then click device manager.
Find the other devices section where your Ethernet controller and PCI device has an error symbol
Right click Ethernet controller and click “update driver software…”
Click “Browse my computer for driver software” then click
Expand CD Drive (D:) iso and click the Virtio folder followed by
install on the pop up
yes for when it asks for device to automatically connect to this network
Now you will see under network adapters in device manager it has “Red Hat VirtIO Ethernet controller”
Now right-click on the PCI device and click “
update driver software...”
Click “Browse my computer for driver software” if it has D:\Virtio in the bar then click
next. It will be a success and don’t worry about doing the last PCI device.
Enabling remote desktop connection
To enable you to connect to the server using the rdp program, open server manager and navigate to the local server tab.
Find where it says Remote desktop Disabled
disabled and then tick “allow remote desktop connections to this computer” Click
apply and then
manage in the top right,
add roles and features
next until you come to Server roles, tick Remote Desktop Services and keep clicking
next until you come to Role services.
Tick remote desktop session host the click
next and then
The install will take about a minute once done restart your server. Now you can connect to it through the Remote desktop connection program and app by using the ip address, the username administrator and the password you set.
If you thought following these instructions was hard here is the video of me doing it, just pause if you fall behind.