D 1: Windows 2022 Server Virtual Machine (15 pts)

What You Need for This Project

Task 1: Installing a Fresh Windows Server 2022 Virtual Machine

Installing VMware

If you are using a Windows host machine, download and install VMware Workstation Player.

If you are using a Mac, download and install VMware Fusion Player.

Downloading the Installer ISO File (180-day Evaluation)

In a Web browser, go here:


In the "Get started for free" section, click "Download the ISO", as shown below.

Fill in the form and, at the bottom, click the "Download now" button.

On the next page, in the English column, in the "ISO downloads" box, click 64-bit edition", as shown below.

The file size is 5,044,094,976 bytes (5.05 GB).

The file name is "SERVER_EVAL_x64FRE_en-us.iso", as of May 30, 2023. The SHA-256 hash value is:


Installing Windows

Start VMware Player. Click Player, File, "New Virtual Machine...", as shown below.

In the "Welcome to the New Virtual Machine Wizard" screen, click the "I will install the operating system later." button, as shown below.

Click Next.

In the "Select a Guest Operating System" box, select "Microsoft Windows" and "Windows Server 2022".

Click Next.

In the "Name the Virtual Machine" box, enter a Virtual machine name of Win2022.

Click the Browse... button and navigate to the VMs drive and the folder with your name on it.

Click Next.

In the "Specify Disk Capacity" box, accept the default options, as shown below, and click Next.

In the "Ready to Create Virtual Machine" box, click the "Customize Hardware..." button.

In the "Hardware" box, on the left side, click "New CD/DVD". On the right side, click the "Use ISO image file" button.

Click the Browse... button. Navigate to the SERVER_EVAL_x64FRE_en-us.iso file and double-click it.

Click the Close button.

In the "Ready to Create Virtual Machine" box, click the Finish button.

VMware Workstation Player now shows a "Win2022 item on the left side.

On the right side, click "Play virtual machine".

When a message appears, saying "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD", click on that screen and press Enter.

A "Windows Setup" box appears, as shown below.

Click Next.

On the next screen, click the "Install now" button.

In the "Select the operating system you want to install" box, click "Windows Server 2022 Standard Evaluation (Desktop Experience)", as shown below.

Click Next.

On the next screen, click the "I accept the license terms" box, and click Next.

On the next screen, click "Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced)".

In the "Where do you want to install the operating system" box, click Next.

Wait a few minutes while Windows installs.

Your virtual machine restarts twice, and you see the screen shown below.

Enter these values:

Click Finish

Windows starts, as shown below.

Logging In

In VMware Player, at the top left, click Player, "Send Ctrl+Alt+Del".

At the login screen, enter a password of P@ssw0rd. Then press Enter.

On the right side, a Network pane asks if you want your PC to be discoverable. Click Yes.

Disabling IE Enhanced Security Configuration

This setting prevents you from downloading software directly on the server, which is a poor practice.

We want to allow that, so do these steps:

In Server Manager, on the left side, click "Local Server".

In Server Manager, on the right side, find "IE Enhanced Security Configuration". Click the word On next to it, as shown below.

In the "Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration" box, click both Off buttons, as shown below.

Click OK.

Installing VMware Tools

VMware tools make it much easier to use the virtual machine.

In your Windows Server 2022 machine, close Server Manager.

In VMware Workstation Player, at the top left, click Player, Manage, "Install VMware Tools...".

Follow the on-screen prompts to run Setup64.exe.

An installer starts, as shown below.

Click Next, Next, Install, Finish.

Click Yes to restart now.

Log in as usual. You may see tiny font and need to click Yes and restart again.

Flag D 1: OS Name (15 pts)

Click Start and type CMD

Open a Command Prompt window. Execute this command:

You should see information about your Windows version, as shown below. The flag is the OS Name, covered by a green rectangle in the image below.

Extending the Trial Period

If you use the machine for several months, you may want to extend your trial. The steps below do that.

In Powershell, execute this command to see how many days you have left in your trial:

slmgr -dlv
Execute this command to extend the trial for another 180 days:
slmgr -rearm
You can extend the trial six times, for up to three years.

Posted 5-30-23
VMware links added 6-13-23