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Learning about Hyper-V for Windows 8 (part 2) - Enabling Hyper-V

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4. Enabling Hyper-V

The Hyper-V hypervisor is included with Windows 8 but must be enabled. This means it is a feature and can be added easily with Windows. Before you enable this feature, make sure you have the right configuration. The first configuration point is related to which Windows 8 edition you have; only Windows 8 Pro supports Hyper-V. Next, an x64 processor and a supported virtualization technology on the processor are required. The mainstream virtualization technology that will run Hyper-V on processors shipping around the release of Windows 8 is Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). Last, the computer running Windows 8 might need a virtualization technology enabled in the BIOS.

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MORE INFO TECHNET FORUMS

You can find more information on other hardware-specific virtualization technologies for proper processor support for Hyper-V on the TechNet forums online.

In addition to the SLAT virtualization technology for the processor described previously, Windows 8 needs at least 4 GB of memory for Hyper-V. Depending on which virtual machines will be used, more memory might be required.

No drive space in addition to the Windows 8 base amount is required; however, each virtual machine will consume drive space and reduce available disk resources as it grows.

To enable Hyper-V on Windows 8, complete the following steps:

  1. Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard and then select Settings to open the Windows Features dialog box, as shown in Figure 2.

    Adding the Hyper-V feature to a new computer running Windows 8

    Figure 2. Adding the Hyper-V feature to a new computer running Windows 8

  2. The Hyper-V feature is not turned on with a default installation of Windows 8. To turn on this or any other feature, select the check box next to the feature and click OK.

  3. Restart your computer.

    The restart is required after a feature is added to the Windows 8–based computer.

  4. Open Hyper-V Manager, and then add in the computer name of the server running Windows 8 with the Hyper-V feature enabled. The console will populate with the virtual machines on that host (which should be empty by default).

Note

WINDOWS 8 AS A SERVER

When Hyper-V is enabled, the Hyper-V Manager tool is installed on the computer running Windows 8. To avoid confusion, refer to the Windows 8–based computer as a server. Even though it is a client operating system, in terms of the virtual machines it is providing, it functions as a server. This is evident within Hyper-V Manager because the first step in enabling Hyper-V is adding a server to the console.

 
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