To install GitHub Enterprise on Hyper-V, you must deploy onto a machine running Windows Server 2008 through Windows Server 2016.
In this guide
- Hardware considerations
- Downloading the GitHub Enterprise image
- Creating the GitHub Enterprise instance
- Configuring the GitHub Enterprise instance
You must have Windows Server 2008 through Windows Server 2016, which support Hyper-V.
- Most actions needed to create your virtual machine (VM) may also be performed using the Hyper-V Manager. However, we recommend using the Windows PowerShell command-line shell for initial setup. Examples using PowerShell are included below. For more information, see the Microsoft guide "Getting Started with Windows PowerShell."
GitHub Enterprise requires a persistent data disk separate from the root disk. For more information, see "System overview."
For your storage device, we recommend a high-performance SSD, either directly attached or from a storage area network (SAN).
We recommend different hardware configurations based on the number of seats used in your GitHub Enterprise instance.
|Seats||vCPUs||Memory||Attached storage||Root storage|
|10-500||2||16 GB||100 GB||200 GB|
|500-3000||4||32 GB||250 GB||200 GB|
|3000-5000||8||64 GB||500 GB||200 GB|
|5000-8000||12||72 GB||750 GB||200 GB|
|8000-10000+||16||128 GB||1000 GB||200 GB|
These are minimum recommendations. More resources may be required depending on your usage, such as user activity and selected integrations.
Note: The root disk can be resized by building a new appliance or using an existing appliance. For more information, see "Increasing storage capacity."
Warning: We recommend you use webhooks to fetch repository changes for continuous integration (CI) or similar systems. Regular automatic checks, or polling, will significantly reduce the scalability of your instance. For more information, see "About webhooks"
Navigate to the GitHub Enterprise download page.
To download your license file, click Download license.
Click Get the latest release of GitHub Enterprise.
Select GitHub On-premises, then click Hyper-V (VHD).
- Click Download for Hyper-V (VHD).
To create the instance, you'll need to import the GitHub Enterprise image to your virtual machine and attach an additional storage volume for your instance data. For more information, see "Hardware considerations."
In PowerShell, create a new Generation 1 virtual machine, configure the size based on your seat count, and attach the GitHub Enterprise image you downloaded. For more information, see "New-VM" in the Microsoft documentation.
PS C:\> New-VM -Generation 1 -Name VM_NAME -MemoryStartupBytes MEMORY_SIZE -BootDevice VHD -VHDPath PATH_TO_VHD
Create a new virtual disk to use as an attached storage volume for your instance data, and configure the size based on your seat count. For more information, see "New-VHD" in the Microsoft documentation.
PS C:\> New-VHD -Path PATH_FOR_NEW_DISK -SizeBytes DISK_SIZE
Attach the data disk to your instance. For more information, see "Add-VMHardDiskDrive" in the Microsoft documentation.
PS C:\> Add-VMHardDiskDrive -VMName VM_NAME -Path PATH_TO_DATA_DISK
Start the VM. For more information, see "Start-VM" in the Microsoft documentation.
PS C:\> Start-VM -Name VM_NAME
Get the IP address of your VM. For more information, see "Get-VMNetworkAdapter" in the Microsoft documentation.
PS C:\> (Get-VMNetworkAdapter -VMName VM_NAME).IpAddresses
Copy the VM's IP address and paste it into a web browser.
Copy the virtual machine's public DNS name, and paste it into a web browser.
At the prompt, upload your license file and set a management console password. For more information, see "License files."
The instance will restart automatically.
Click Visit your instance.