Want to use Hyper-V? (Update)

Everyone is using Hyper-V  for testing purposes and you want it, too? Read along!

Hyper-V, the new virtualization technique from Microsoft is a built-in component of Windows Server 2008 (not in Web and Itanium Edition, see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/compare-features.aspx). So you cannot just install a program like Virtual PC or Virtual Server, you have to install Windows Server 2008 on a computer which supports Hyper-V.

There are two main hardware requirements for Hyper-V:
1. Processor with built-in virtual machine support (Intel VT, AMD-V)
2. Data Execution Prevention (DEP)

Just take a look into your BIOS if there is any virtualization setting. You have to enable it. Most recent systems have this feature, even notebooks.

Okay, you have the proper hardware and you want to dive into Hyper-V, so let’s start:
I assume that you have installed Windows Server 2008 already and therefore I will start with the installation of Hyper-V. At the moment, Hyper-V is RC0 (Release Candidate 0). It is not final yet and it is not supported by Microsoft at this time. But do not worry, a lot of people have made a very good experience with it, including me. You have to download and install the RC0 version of Hyper-V, because the version that is shipped with Windows Server 2008 is just a beta and you should not use that.
You can find the RC0 here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949219/en-us

Update: In the meanwhile, Hyper-V RC1 was released:
Windows Server 2008 x64 Hyper-V RC1 Update – KB950049
Windows Server 2008 x86 Hyper-V RC1 Update – KB950049

After the installation of the RC0, you can add the Hyper-V Role with the Server Manager:
Hyper-VServerManager1

Hyper-VServerManager2

(on my PC the role was already installed)

After a reboot, you are ready to start.

The next steps, creation, migration and using virtual machines are covered in later posts.

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