This Starter Guide guides you through some of the initial steps that you should follow to set up your new Windows Hyper-V Virtual Machine (VM). Note that this guide is intended for Windows VMs with no control panel – if your VM has Parallels Plesk Panel, see Parallels Plesk Starter Guide.
This guide assumes that you have already purchased a Windows VM subscription.
The items covered in this guide include:
- Connecting with Windows VM by Remote Desktop
- Creating an FTP Website in IIS
- Creating a Website in IIS
- Setting up Microsoft SQL Server
- Creating and Managing Users
- Configuring MS Firewall
- Activating an Additional IP Address
Connecting with Windows VM with No Control Panel
If your Windows VM does not come with a control panel such as Parallels Plesk panel, you need to connect with it another way. With Remote Desktop Connection, you can move your files freely between your VM and any computer, with no need for additional programs or confusing FTP information. See the link below for instructions to connect with your Windows VM by Remote Desktop.
Creating an FTP Website in IIS
The next step after connecting with your VM is to start uploading your website. Microsoft FTP service is installed along with the IIS web server role and integrates with IIS 8.0. See the instructions at the link below to understand how to create a FTP website in IIS.
Creating a Website in IIS
When you want to publish content for access over the Internet, you can add a website to your web server to hold the content. The link below contains instructions to help you create your website in IIS.
Setting Up Microsoft SQL Server
Most website data is stored in databases so that it can be accessed by web pages and viewed by website users. The Microsoft SQL Web Edition is pre-installed on your server; see the guide at the link below for instructions to create a MS SQL database on your Windows VM.
Creating and Managing Users
If you have additional administrators who need access to manage your server, you can create additional users with their own login credentials. You can also create temporary user accounts with permission to log in and manage the server. The article below explains how to create and manage additional users and temporary users on your server.
Configuring MS Firewall
A firewall restricts the inbound and outbound connections to the server, protecting you from malicious attackers on the Internet. The following article explains how to configure your VM’s Microsoft firewall.
Activating an Additional IP Address
Some of our Windows Hyper-V VM plans have two IP addresses included, however only one is activated upon provisioning. You will need to activate the second IP manually by following the instructions at the link below. You can follow the same instructions if you have purchased an additional IP and you need to activate it.
This concludes the Windows VM (no control panel) starter guide. You should now have an understanding of the basic setup and use of your Windows VM. If you need more help using your VM, please consult our knowledge base at http://us-servicedesk.helionmarketplace.com/.