Installing Windows Server 2016 ISO with Virtio on Vultr

Here is a quick and easy guide on uploading and installing a Windows Server 2016 iso with Vultr cheaply. Vultr is a trusted and reliable cloud computing business with a massive range of locations, features and vps plan sizes, check them out here.

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At Vultr windows servers cost extra but you get the option to upload your own ISO file to use on the server. As this guide shows you how to do the upload and install of a Windows Server 2016.

Go to the deploy server section; You need to upload the custom Windows Server 2016 ISO, use this link here (minimal version, Has only English and Chinese simplified) or make your own and host it.

Scroll down 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). NOTE: You can only have 2 ISO’s uploaded and stored at the same time.

vultr upload custom server 2016 iso
vultr upload custom server 2016 iso

Scroll back up and choose your server location.

By now the ISO should have loaded make sure its selected (Server2016Litex64.iso ). Now choose your instance size (amount of SSD space, ram and cpu amount). Do note that Windows server 2016 will run fine on the $5 per month option.

Dont worry about any of the other options (Additional features, startup scripts, SSH Keys), type in a server host name and label now click “Deploy now”.

Navigate to the server information page for the server you just deployed. You will have to wait up to a couple of minutes for the ISO to me mounted, once it has click the little computer screen in the upper right to view the console.

vultr server information

You will be greeted with this once it has been mounted:

Server 2016 vnc install
Click next

Click next (This ISO only has English or Chinese Simplified).

Server 2016 vnc install now
Click Install now

Click the Install now button

Server 2016 vnc install windows only
Choose Install Windows only

Click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)

Server 2016 vnc drive select
Select Drive 0 and click next

Select Drive 0 (or the drive with most space/ your boot drive) and click next

Server 2016 vnc installing windows
Wait for the install

Wait a moment for it to install

Server 2016 vnc install set password
Set the administrator password

Set the password for the Administrator account

Server 2016 vnc install ctrl alt del
How to press ctrl alt del in vnc

Now press the Send CtrlAltDel button in the top right, Type in the password you just set and login.

Server 2016 vnc install success

You will now be logged in and the network will be automatically configured. You may get a prompt asking if this PC should be used on this network click yes.

Enjoy your Windows Server 2016 data center evaluation.