Deploy Windows 2022 on Nutanix AHV

What’s new in Windows 2022

Microsoft released the latest version of its flagship server operating system a few days ago. From the first look at release notes, you can see release was focused on security. Features like:

In addition to security features, there are few more interesting enhancements:

For a full list of changes, see Microsoft documentation

Deploy Windows 2022 on Nutanix AHV

NOTE: as of today (September 16’th 2021), Windows 2022 is not officially supported on Nutanix. Check the Nutanix support page for the latest updates (link to compatibility matrix is at the bottom of the blog post).

First what you have to do is configure VM with 2 CDROMs. One CDROM for Windows 2022 ISO and a second CDROM for virtIO drivers. Add at least one SCSI drive (for guest OS).

NOTE: Nutanix virtIO package does not have dedicated Windows 2022 drivers but you can use drivers for Windows 2019

Windows 2022 AHV VM hardware configuration

Power VM on and follow Windows installation wizard. If you want to see the deployment process in detail, check out my youtube channel for the video.

Windows 2022 on Nutanix AHV

You can watch step-by step video on how to deploy Windows 2022 on Nutanix AHV below or on my youtube channel.


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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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