Enabled Hyper-V on my Windows 8 64 bit machine

Written by stevey on August 22nd, 2013
  1. Turned on the Intel’s virtualization feature by going into BIOS setting at boot-up. Not all laptops support this so-called “Second Level Address Translation” technology (SLAT) but most of 64-bit machines do and min. requirement is to have 4GB memory. This link at http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/get-started-with-windows-8-client-hyper-v-the-right-way/ provided a good reference.
  2. Had to upgrade the Windows 8 x64 to Windows 8 Pro x64 (by downloading from MSDN subscription); then checked the “Hyper-V’ feature on “Windows Feature Turn On/Off” under the Control Panel.
  3. Used command “msinfo32.exe” to check if all Hyper-V features are “Yes”. They are.
  4. Re-started the Windows and opened “Hyper-V Manager”; created first VM named “VM-2008R2″ and stored it in the default location C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\
  5. Startup Memory gave it a 4096MB which 8x the default of 512MB and also checked the “Use dynamic memory for this virtual machine” option.
  6. Connection: Not Connected for now. Need to add Network adapter later.
  7. Created a virtual hard disk, “VM-WinSvr2008.vhdx” and leave it default size of 127GB and location at C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks\
  8. Will install OS later; Installed Windows Server 2008R2 next day.

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