Download 2012r2 ISO or VHD for VMware/Hyper-V installation?

RedGaiterRedGaiter Member Posts: 83 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi guys,

I want to install 2012r2 on a number of VMs, so would it be better to download the 180-day trial from Microsoft in VHD or ISO, and what's the difference between the two?


  • alan2308alan2308 CISSP, MCSA 2008, MCSA 2012, CCNA R&S, CCNA Security Ann Arbor, MIMember Posts: 1,854 ■■■■■■■■□□
    A VHD is a prebuilt virtual machine disk image that you import into Hyper-V, an ISO is a disc image of the DVD that you would use to install the server from scratch. If you're new to this, I suggest getting the ISO and going through the install process a couple times. If you've installed Windows a few times before then you can go with the prebuilt VM. The installer isn't too much different than a Win 7 or Win 8 install except for having the options for sever core installs.
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