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Initial Windows Cloud VM Setup

This article will guide you through initial setup and configuration of your Windows Cloud VM.  If you are Rebuilding an existing Windows Cloud VM, you should also follow these instructions.

 

  • Process generally takes between 10 and 15 minutes.

 

1. Log into your account via https://www.7L.com and go into the My Services menu and select Cloud Virtual Machines

Log into your account via https://www.7L.com and go into the My Services menu and select Cloud Virtual Machines


 


2. Click on the Windows VM that you are setting up.  In this example, we use the windows-vm-documentation.com VM

Click on the service


 


3. Click on the Console icon towards the top-right (circled in red in the image below).  Please note that the 'show' link for the Initial Root Password on this page is for Linux VMs only.

Click on the Console icon


 


4. After a moment, the console screen will appear showing that Windows has begun booting up to perform the installation

After a moment of loading, Windows will begin booting up


 


5. Windows will perform the installation.  The install will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Windows will perform the installation


 


6. After the initial installation, Windows will automatically reboot to continue the setup process

After the initial installation, Windows will automatically reboot to continue the setup process


 


7. Once the reboot is completed, it will continue setting up your VM for you

After the reboot is complete, it will continue setting up your VM


 


8. When it's finished, you will be prompted to make selection choices.  Make your selection and click the Next button

Once complete, you will be prompted to make selection choices.  Make your selection and click Next


 


9. Read through the licensing terms to proceed

Read through the licensing terms to proceed


 


10. Windows will now finalize the installation using the settings you've just selected

Windows will now finalize the install and settings you've just selected


 


11. When prompted, you will need to create a password for your Administrator account.  Click the OK button

You will need to create a password for your Administrator account.  Click the OK button


 


12. Enter the Administrator password you would like to use and then click the blue right-facing arrow

Enter the Administrator password you would like to use and click the right-facing arrow


 


13. Your password has been changed successfully so click OK

Your password has been changed so click OK


 


14. After that, your VM's desktop will be prepared for use

Your VM's desktop is being prepared for use


 


15. You can now see the desktop of your Windows VM, however the process is NOT complete.  Windows is currently performing essential background operations.

You can now see the desktop of your Windows VM


 


16. While it performs the background operations, go into the Start menu. Right-click Computer and select Properties

Go into Start.  Right-click Computer and click on Properties


 


17. Here you will notice that there is a randomly-generated Computer Name.  Also, the Windows Activation has not yet occurred.  Your VM is still running through setup operations in the background so do not perform any further operations and do not reboot your VM!  It will automatically reboot once it's complete, which is usually within 3 minutes.

Here you will notice that there is a randomly-generated Computer Name.  Also, the Windows Activation has not yet occurred.  Your VM is still running through setup operations in the background so do not perform any further operations.  It will automatically reboot once it's complete, which is usually within 3 minutes.


 


18. After a few minutes, Windows will have completed the background changes it was making and the VM is automatically rebooted

Windows has completed some background changes and is automatically rebooting


 


19. Once Windows has completed the reboot, you'll need to click the Send CtrlAltDel button towards the top right of the console window in order to log in

Once Windows has completed the reboot, you'll need to click the


 


20. Enter your Administrator password and click on the blue right-facing arrow to log in to your VM

Enter your Administrator password and click on the right-facing arrow to log in to your VM


 


21. Note: Windows is still performing background operations and your VM is not quite ready yet!  Go to the Start menu, right-click on Computer and choose Properties

Note: Windows is still performing background operations and your VM is not quite ready yet.  Go to the Start menu, right-click on Computer and choose Properties


 


22. Notice that the Computer Name now matches the domain you entered during your order, but the Windows Activation has still not yet occurred.  At this point, your VM still needs about 5 minutes to complete in the background.

Notice that the Computer Name now matches the domain you selected during your order, but the Windows Activation has still not yet occurred.  At this point, your VM still needs about 5 minutes to complete in the background.


 


23. After 5 minutes, to see if it is complete, close the window you have open in the console

To see if it is complete, close the window you have open in the console


 


24. Go back into Start, right-click Computer and select PropertiesGo back into Start, right-click Computer and select Properties


 


25. If enough time has passed and the installation has fully completed, you should now see the Genuine Microsoft badge at the bottom right.  If you don't see it yet, give it a few more minutes and repeat steps 23 to 25

If enough time has passed and the installation has fully completed, you should now see the Genuine Microsoft badge at the bottom right.  If you don't see it yet, give it a few more minutes and repeat steps 24 to 26


 


26. Reboot your VM to finalize by going to Start, click on the right-facing arrow just to the right of Log off and select Restart.

Reboot your VM to finalize by going to Start, click on the right-facing error just to the right of


 


27. Enter a description for the purpose of the reboot.  In this case, we used "Initial Installation Reboot".  Then click OK

Enter a description for the purpose of the reboot.  In this case, we used


 


28. Once your server has rebooted and you've logged back in, you can test networking.  Go into Start and choose Command Prompt.  In the window type 'ping google.com' and hit Enter.  You should see 4 ping responses come back.  This means your VM is online.

Once your server has rebooted and you've logged back in, you can test the networking.  Go into Start and choose Command Prompt.  In the window type 'ping google.com' and hit Enter.  You should see 4 ping responses come back.  This means you're VM is online.


 


29. You'll now want to enable Remote Desktop Services, so that you can access your VM remotely.  On the task bar at the bottom of your console window, there is an opened icon named Initial Configuration Tasks (the icon farthest to the right within the group of 4 icons at the bottom left of the image below).  Click this icon to bring the window up.  Click on Enable Remote Desktop and complete the setup of Remote Desktop.

You'll now want to enable Remove Desktop Service, so that you can access your VM remotely.  On the task bar at the bottom of your console window, there is an opened icon named Initial Configuration Tasks.  Click this icon to bring the window up.  Click on 'Enable Remote Desktop' and complete the setup of Remote Desktop.   Once that's complete, you can now log into your Windows VM via Remote Desktop.


At this point you can now log into your Windows Cloud VM using your VM's IP address and Remote Desktop on your desktop computer.

 


 


30. On your desktop computer, start Remote Desktop and enter the VM's IP address in the Computer window.  Click Connect.  If you're not sure of your IP, you can find it in step 2 or step 3.

On your computer, start Remote Desktop and enter the VM's IP address in the Computer window.  Click Connect.  If you're not sure of your IP, you can find it in step 2 or step 3.


 


31. Choose Use another account if presented with that option, and then enter your administrator username and the password you chose.  Click OK

Choose 'Use another account' if presented with that option, and then enter your administrator username and the password you chose.  Click OK


 


32. You may get a security warning.  Add a checkmark beside Don't ask me again..... and then click Yes.  You should now be logged into your Windows VM and all ready to go.

Your may get a security warning.  Add a checkmark beside


 

You're done!  You may now begin to install and configure any services you wish to run on your Windows cloud virtual machine!