[Solved] Windows Server 2016 no images are available

windows server 2016 image not available

As part of creating new VM for SharePoint 2019, I was trying to install Windows Server 2016. But I encountered an error as “no images are available” in windows server 2016 vm.

windows server 2016 image not available
Windows Server 2016 no images are available

Please follow the below steps to cross this issue:

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In the New virtual machine wizard, choose Custom (advanced) to Create a virtual machine with advanced options, such as SCSI controller type, virtual disk type and compatibility with older VMware products.

windows server 2016 image not available
Select Custom type while creating the VM

Then choose, I will install the operating system later. The virtual machine will be created with a blank hard disk.

windows server 2016 image not available
Select Install Operating system later

Then choose “Microsoft Windows” like below and choose Version as Windows Server 2016.

windows server 2016 image not available
Select Windows Server 2016

Then in the next screen give a Virtual machine name and Location like below:

windows server 2016 image not available
Name the VM as required in my case it is Sharepoint 2019 so name as SP19

Then choose Firmware type as BIOS like below:

windows server 2016 image not available
Select the Firmware Type as BIOS

Then choose Number of processors and Number of cores per processor.

windows server 2016 image not available while creating vm
Select processes as 2X2 as minimum

Then choose the RAM required for the virtual machine (VM).

windows server 2016 image not available while creating vm
Select the minimum RAM as 8GB

Then choose Use network address translation (NAT) in Netowrk Type like below:

windows server 2016 image not available while creating vm
Select the Network Type as NAT

Then choose I/O controller types as LSI logic SAS like below:

windows server 2016 image not available while creating vm
Select I/O type as LSI

Then choose Virtual disk type as SCSI like below:

windows server 2016 image not available while creating virtual machine
Select the Hard disk type as available in your machine

Then choose Create a new virtual disk like below:

windows server 2016 image not available while creating virtual machine
Click on “Create a new Virtual disk”

Then choose the Maximum disk size in GB for windows server 2016 virtual machine.

windows server 2016 image not available while creating virtual machine
Specify a disk space and select “Store virtual disk as a single file”

Then you can specify disk file in windows server 2016 vm.

windows server 2016 image not available while creating virtual machine
Specify the Disk file name

In the next screen, it will display all the details which you have selected in the above steps.

windows server 2016 image not available while creating virtual machine
Ensure all the parameters are intact and click on Finish to create a new VM

Then click on Finish button to finish the Windows server 2016 virtual machine.

windows server 2016 vm
Now we are ready to install the OS in VM by following the steps in the image above

Now you can see the Windows server 2016 virtual machine, choose the language, time and currency format and keyboard input method.

windows server 2016 vm
Now we can install OS by clicking on Next button

Now you can see the Windows server 2016 datacenter desktop experience like below.

windows server 2016 no images are available
Select the required type of OS from the ISO image

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Hope this helps you to setup a new VM with Windows Server 2016. You can solve windows server 2016 image not available error.

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About Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 13+ years, I worked in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I have extensive hands on experience in customizing SharePoint sites from end to end. Expertise in SharePoint migration tools like Sharegate, Doc Ave and Metalogix. Migrated SharePoint sites from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013 several times seamlessly. Implementing CSOM with Microsoft best practices. Spent quality time in configuring SharePoint application services like User Profile, Search, Managed Meta data services etc. Now exploring SharePoint Framework and SharePoint 2019

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