Create a New Windows Image

This example creates a Windows Server 2012 qcow2 image, using virt-manager.

Follow these steps to prepare the installation:

  • Download a Windows Server 2012 installation ISO. Evaluation images are available from the Microsoft website (registration required).

  • Download the signed VirtIO drivers ISO from the Fedora website.

  • Create a 25 GB qcow2 image:

    $ qemu-img create -f qcow2 windows-2012.qcow2 25G

Now you are ready for creating the image

  • First start virt-manager

  • Then choose memory and CPU settings that suit you and then hit Forward

  • For the storage browse and choose the windows-2012.qcow2 image you created earlier, then click Forward

  • Then click Finish and start installing the image

After finishing the installation of the image and shutting the machine down

From Add Hardware:

  • First add New Storage and make sure that the Bus type is VirtIO

  • Second add Network device and make sure that the device model is VirtIO

  • Then add the VirtIO image that you downloaded earlier:

Now you can start your machine

From Server Manager on Tools choose computer management and from it

  • Go to Device Kanager and try to install the new drivers you added before with the VirtIO image you connected the virtual machine with:

  • Choose Browse my computer for driver software:

  • Then browse for the virtio image that you will find loaded on CD Drive (D:), hit Next, and then Install

Repeat all previous steps for all uninstalled drivers.

Shutdown the virtual machine and remove the network and storage devices we added before and change the original network and storage devices into VirtIO

Now go to your virtual machine web browser and download Cloudbase init from this link.

While installing, add Cloudscalers as a new user:

After that we have to make some changes in 2 files

  • First go to C:\Program Files\Cloudbase Solutions\Cloudbase-Init\conf

    • Open cloudbase-init.conf file and add this at the end of it:
  • The second file is in C:\Program Files\Cloudbase Solutions\Cloudbase-Init\Python\Lib\site-packages\cloudbaseinit\plugins\common

    • Edit and change:

      cfg.StrOpt('first_logon_behaviour', default=CLEAR_TEXT_INJECTED_ONLY,


      cfg.StrOpt('first_logon_behaviour', default=NEVER_CHANGE,

Then go to services and start the Cloud Initialization Service service

Shutdown the virtual machine.

You are now good to go