Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hyper V - Virtual machine installation and Configuration

Before you begin working with VM you need to know that you have some Tools you must install after you create your VM, so what you need to know is that your Hyper-V server provides you a Tool call “Integration Services”, I can explain you a lot about that tool (This tool equals to VMware Tools) but I prefer to simplify the process and tell you INSTALL IT!!!

Key Features:
  •          Allows better Mouse Interaction when you using RDP Sessions
  •          IDE and SCSI drivers
  •          Network Drives connecting to the local Host

Your VM OS must have the latest Service Pack Edition to achieve the most from the Integration Services

Creating VM:

  1. On the Action Pane -> Click NEW
  2. A wizard will open with the following pages
  3. Specify name and Location page:
  4. Name Field: Specify your new VM name
  5. Location Field: Here you can choose where to store the VM’S you created, the default location will be at your Local Drive.

Assign Memory Page:
In the Memory field you need to specify the amount of RAM you want for you current VM

You cannot provide amount that is larger from your physical RAM

Configuring Networking Page:
Here you need to provide the Network Adapter you want for that VM

Connect Virtual HD Page:
On this page you have two Main options:

Option1: Configure a new VHD for the VM
Here you can manage all specification belonging to your VM Hard Drive:
Name: provide your Virtual Hard Drive name (.VHD)
Location: here you can specify the location for saving your .VHD files.
Size:  here you can provide the MAXIMUM amount in GB for the VM

Like Ram you have Physical limit you can provide depends on your PHYSICAL Storage

Option2: attach an existing VHD
Here all you need to do is to browse to the Existing .VHD file and attached it to the new Virtual Machine.

Installation Page:
Here you simply can chose to install an OS on that VM or to choose to do it after you finish creating the VM.

If you chose to provide the VM the type of Media for installing the OS you can chose:
           1.       Physical DVD drive of the Server
           2.       Image file (.ISO)
           3.       Floppy Disk
           4.       Install OS form a Dedicated Server (Symantec NG for example)

Click Finish!!!

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