I've just installed Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and I'd like to put some OS ISOs on the data store. How do I do this?

I've configured remote administration so I can connect to the server using Hyper-V Manager, Remote Desktop and Computer Management.

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    I'd be interested to hear the reason for the downvote... – Greg B Sep 3 '14 at 18:12
  • I'm not understanding the question (but I didn't downvote it). Is this a full GUI install of Server 2012 R2? – joeqwerty Sep 3 '14 at 18:51
  • It is Hyper-V server 2012 R2, which is an appliance-like version of Server 2012 with only Hyper-V. It's roughly equatable to VMWare ESXi. – Greg B Sep 3 '14 at 19:13
  • @joeqwerty It's the Hyper-V hypervisor only, not the Windows server OS. Think like Windows Server Core, but instead of running the Windows OS, you're just running the Hyper-V hypervisor. – HopelessN00b Sep 3 '14 at 20:07

Hyper-V works a bit differently than ESXi. You don't create a datastore and upload ISOs to it, you create a VMM library share and put your ISOs there.

This would be done with Virtual Machine Manager, which is the rough equivalent of vSphere in the Hyper-V world.

How to Add a VMM Library Server or VMM Library Share


Another way to do this is to go on the server and create a share. In my case, I ran:

net share "Downloads=C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads" "/GRANT:EVERYONE,FULL"

which is terribly insecure but fine if temporary and on a restricted network.

You can then access the ISOs you push in the Hyper-V Manager settings when you set the CD/DVD-ROM ISO.

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    To remove it net share /delete "Downloads" – Mr. Hedgehog Mar 10 '15 at 17:50
  • Also, if you want to access the Hyper-V server's network share c$ using the credentials for the local administrator account then execute PowerShell command New-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" -Name "LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy" -Type Dword -Value 1. – mythofechelon Aug 25 '16 at 14:35

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