Need a Hyper-V Test Lab…No Problem!

Greetings True Believers,

I just got done installing VMware Workstation 9 and found an awesome addition. You now have the option to choose Hyper-V as the OS for your VM. This will create a VM that is customized to run Server 2012 w/ the Hyper-V role AND nested VMs OUT OF THE BOX! You do not have to perform any tweaks or modifications to get this to work like you did in previous versions of VMware Workstation. It’s listed as “Unsupported” but it’s still a great option if you only have 1 lab computer.

Here’s a Windows Server 2012 Datacenter VM running a Windows Server 2012

Here’s Hyper-V Server running in VMware Workstation…

Another nice tidbit…The VMware Tools work in Windows Server 2012.

Two caveats…VMware Workstation is NOT free, but I think it’s worth the cost. It’s the best-of-breed hosted (Type-2) virtualization app IMHO. You may be able to do this in Virtual Box as well, but I just haven’t tried. Let me know if you get this to run in Virtual Box. Also, you need to have a 64-bit processor that has all the latest virtualization extensions.

Check it out…


About Michael Bender

Just a geek trying to "share the wealth" with the rest of the world... Michael is a teacher at heart. Coming from a career teaching at a community college and work for 19 years as a system engineer, his passion is for helping people learn the skills necessary to ‘level-up’ their careers, and helping businesses achieve their customer goals. Sharing everything is how he guides his career as everyone wins when you share what you know. Currently, he is a Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. This team focuses on engaging and advocating for Operations-focused communities to the engineering teams in Windows Azure. You’ll find Michael and his #AzOps team at conferences, online, and building great content at docs.com. Michael specializes in Windows Server, Virtualization, PowerShell and Windows Azure. As part of his goal of sharing his knowledge, he has a number of courses published on Pluralsight.com covering PowerShell and Windows Server. He is passionate about the IT Operations community. For the last 8 years, he has led up a global user group called The Krewe.he is the current president and a founding member of The Krewe, a worldwide networking group for IT Pros and Developers. This group provides a global network for the sharing of ideas and solutions for many in the Operations community. For more information, check out The Krewe on Facebook or Twitter.
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