Welcome!

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog, Java IoT, Microsoft Cloud, Linux Containers, @CloudExpo, SDN Journal

Containers Expo Blog: Blog Post

Working with the Windows 8.1 Interface

Windows 8.1 for Business: Getting Started with Client Hyper-V

imageWindows 8.1 has a lot to offer Business, probably one of the bigger improvements is the inclusion of Hyper-V in the client.  This provides support for several scenarios including:

  • Test Lab:  This is what I use it mainly for to test all the wickedly cool technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2, among others.   It provides a great way to test and design basic infrastructures, especially leveraging the built-in virtual machine networking.
  • Application Testing: Testing home-spun or package applications can be done very easily inside of Windows 8.1 client Hyper-V
  • Import Production Servers for testing.  If you have production virtual machines created with Hyper-V or if you have created vhds with tools like Disk2VHD, you easily bring them into Hyper-V for testing.   Windows 8.1 even supports snapshotting of virtual machines.
  • Windows To Go Virtual Hard Disks, you can use Hyper-V to create Windows To Go .vhds, you can learn more about Windows To Go here: Windows To Go

Hardware Requirements for Client Hyper-V:

When anyone asks me about hardware requirements and virtualization technologies, it is my favorite answer to any IT related question…It depends.  Especially when it comes to the big 3 in resources:

  • Memory
  • Processor
  • Storage

It depends on what you want to use virtualization use for, what the servers look like, what workloads are you testing…etc.  Here is the official list:

  • Be running a 64-bit version of Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise Edition.
  • Have a CPU that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).  You can see if your CPU supports SLAT take a look here:  Hyper-V: List of SLAT-Capable CPUs for Hosts
    • Also it is recommended that your CPU supports NX and SSE2. You can use the Sysinternals COREINFO tool to test for both: Coreinfo v3.21.
  • At minimum 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM followed closely by….IT DEPENDS!.
  • imageStorage…Yes.  The actual feature requires minimal hardware, when it comes to the .VHD’s or .VHDX’s it really depends on what you are storing and how many of them will be attached to a system.  In addition Windows 8.1 Hyper-V supports  “Live Storage Move” capability which helps your VMs to be fairly independent of the underlying storage  You can learn more about live migration here: 
    Virtual Machine Live Migration Overview

Installing Client Hyper-V

imageOn most systems you will have to go into the BIOS and enable virtualization support.  To accomplish this, it will vary from system to system.  After you enable virtualization in the BIOS then you will need to install the Client Hyper-V feature.

By default this is not installed, you can find this in the add programs and features control panel.   In the Programs and Features control panel click on Turn Windows Features on or off.  Then select Hyper-V, this will include the Hyper-V manager as well as the PowerShell module for managing Hyper-V in PowerShell.   More than most likely this will require a reboot after the feature is installed as well.

Working with Client Hyper-V

Once Client Hyper-V is installed then it works almost identically to Hyper-V running on a server when it comes to creating virtual machines, creating virtual networking, configuring the hosts and guests.  If you are new to Hyper-V I would highly recommend you go through the Early Expert Virtualizer quest:

Windows Server 2012 Early Expert Challenge - Virtualizer Quest

imageOne new thing that is found in Windows 8,1 is enhanced session mode.  Enhanced Session modes provides the following support:

  • Display Configuration
  • Audio redirection
  • Printer redirection
  • Full clipboard support (improved over limited prior-generation clipboard support)
  • Smart Card support
  • USB Device redirection
  • Drive redirection
  • Redirection for supported Plug and Play devices

For more information on Enhanced Session mode take a look at this article from the Windows Blog:

Overview- Client Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode in Windows 8.1

Good Video from Build in 2011, Developing and testing on Windows 8 with Hyper-V:

We hope you are enjoying the series, and if you missed any of the Windows 8.1 for business series you can find them here: http://aka.ms/Win814Biz

Additional Resources:

More Stories By Matt Hester

Matt Hester is a Senior Information Technology Professional Evangelist for Microsoft. Matt has been involved in the IT Pro community for over 20 years. Matt is a skilled and experienced evangelist presenting to audiences nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Microsoft Matt was a highly successful Microsoft Certified Trainer for over 8 years. After joining Microsoft, Matt has continued to be heavily involved in IT Pro community as an IT Pro Evangelist. In his role at Microsoft Matt has presented to audiences in excess of 5000 and as small as 10. Matt has written 4 articles for TechNet magazine. In addition Matt has published 3 books:

You can contact Matt off his blog at http://aka.ms/matthester

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device. For more information, please visit https://www.mangoapps.com/.
SYS-CON Events announced today the Docker Meets Kubernetes – Intro into the Kubernetes World, being held June 9, 2016, in conjunction with 18th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Register for 'Docker Meets Kubernetes Workshop' Here! This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, introduces participants to Kubernetes (container orchestration). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, participants learn ...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, will explore the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences betwee...
SYS-CON Events announced today that 24Notion has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. 24Notion is full-service global creative digital marketing, technology and lifestyle agency that combines strategic ideas with customized tactical execution. With a broad understand of the art of traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence, 24Notion uniquely understands how to con...
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Cole, Director of Solutions Engineering at Peak 10, will discuss how the newest technology advances are reducing the cost and complexity of traditional business continuity and disaster recovery solutions. Attendees will: Learn why having a full disaster recovery strategy is more important now than ever before Explore the key drivers of a successful disaster recovery solution Achieve measurable operational and business value from a disaster recovery ...
The initial debate is over: Any enterprise with a serious commitment to IT is migrating to the cloud. But things are not so simple. There is a complex mix of on-premises, colocated, and public-cloud deployments. In this power panel at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the present state of cloud from the C-level view, and how great companies and rock star executives can use cloud computing to meet their most ambitious and disruptive business ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hanu Software will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Leveraging best-in-class people, processes, and technologies, Hanu provides high-quality, high-value software development and business process outsourcing services to independent software vendors (ISVs) and enterprises.
The essence of data analysis involves setting up data pipelines that consist of several operations that are chained together – starting from data collection, data quality checks, data integration, data analysis and data visualization (including the setting up of interaction paths in that visualization). In our opinion, the challenges stem from the technology diversity at each stage of the data pipeline as well as the lack of process around the analysis.
Many banks and financial institutions are experimenting with containers in development environments, but when will they move into production? Containers are seen as the key to achieving the ultimate in information technology flexibility and agility. Containers work on both public and private clouds, and make it easy to build and deploy applications. The challenge for regulated industries is the cost and complexity of container security compliance. VM security compliance is already challenging, ...
Designing IoT applications is complex, but deploying them in a scalable fashion is even more complex. A scalable, API first IaaS cloud is a good start, but in order to understand the various components specific to deploying IoT applications, one needs to understand the architecture of these applications and figure out how to scale these components independently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite, will discuss the fundamental architecture of IoT applications, ...
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, will discuss the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to fo...
SYS-CON Events announced today TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget is the Web’s leading destination for serious technology buyers researching and making enterprise technology decisions. Its extensive global networ...
Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) will feature the upcoming 18th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo in a New York news documentary about the "New IT for the Future." The documentary will cover how big companies are transmitting or adopting the new IT for the future and will be filmed on the expo floor between June 7-June 9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. KBS has long been a leader in the development of the broadcasting culture of Korea. As the key public service broadcaster of Korea...
As cloud and storage projections continue to rise, the number of organizations moving to the cloud is escalating and it is clear cloud storage is here to stay. However, is it secure? Data is the lifeblood for government entities, countries, cloud service providers and enterprises alike and losing or exposing that data can have disastrous results. There are new concepts for data storage on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive data around the world. ...