Step-by-Step–Configuring VirtualBox for Server 2008 R2 on Windows 7

Posted on December 9, 2013. Filed under: Server Tangents, Software Tangents |

By: Brenton Blawat

This article came about when we were attempting to install a free virtualization client on our Windows 7 systems. For what otherwise should seem like an easy installation, we had a variety of issues getting this running. It took a culmination of multiple blogs, forums, and vendor instructions to get this functioning properly.

Below are the step-by-step instructions on how to get VirtualBox working with Server 2008 R2.


  1. Your processor must be 64-bit capable. Most modern CPUs (after 2010) should support 64-bit architecture.
  2. You must have downloaded the Server 2008 R2 ISO and have a valid product key.
  3. You must have administrator access on the Host Machine, inclusive of the BIOS.

Step 1 – Download and Install

Download and Install VirtualBox from the Official Oracle VirtualBox Website.

Step 2 – Setup the Host Machine’s BIOS

Each Hardware manufacturer will have different settings. The below screen shots are for the Lenovo BIOS.

Enable – Hardware Virtualization

  1. Arrow to the Security Tab
  2. Select Virtualization > Press Enter
  3. Enable Intel ® Virtualization Technology
  4. Save Bios Settings

Step 3 – Creating VirtualBox Guest OS for Server 2008 R2


1. Select New


2. Enter a Server Name > Select Windows 2008 (64-bit) > Select Next


3. Increase the memory to a minimum of 1024 > Select Next (Note: This step is extremely important. Setup will fail if you keep the default of 512 MB of RAM usage.)


4. Select Create a Virtual hard Disk Drive Now > Select Next


5. Select VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) > Select Next


6. Select Dynamically Allocated > Select Next


7. Select Disk Size (Default 25GB) > Select Create

Step 4 – Configuring VirtualBox Guest OS for Server 2008 R2

1. Select the New Guest > Select Settings


2. Select the System Category and Motherboard Tab > Check Enable I/O APIC


3. Select the System Category and Processor Tab > Check Enable PAE/NX


4. Select the System Category and Acceleration Tab > Check Enable VT-x/AMD-V. Uncheck Enable Nested Paging (Note: The Nested Paging setting caused issues with the MSDN media. It may work with other media.)

5. Select the Storage Category > Right-click Controller: IDE > Select Add CD/DVD Device


6. Select Choose Disk


7. Select the Windows Server 2008 R2 ISO Media to mount. > Select Open


8. Select the ISO Media Drive > Select Live CD/DVD > Select OK

Start the Operating System and You should be on your way.

Happy coding!

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