Client Hyper-V in Windows 8

Client Hyper-V on Windows 8 provides a rich virtual platform for developers and IT professionals. You can create and manage virtual machines using client Hyper-V leveraging the security, scale, and manageability of Windows 8 and Server Hyper-V platforms. This is a convenient lab and test environment for Wintel Engineers, developers and cloud engineer. Client Hyper-V uses the same VHD format as Hyper-V on the server. However not all the features available in bare-metal Hyper-V are available in Client Hyper-V.

Supported Configuration:

  • Windows 8 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems
  • Support up to 32 virtual processors and 512GB of memory
  • Support IDE, iSCSI, SMB, and USB flash drives.
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption and Secure Boot
  • Support Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) on x64 PC
  • Multiple wired and Wireless network support
  • 3D, audio, multi-touch,sleep and hibernate states
  • Support same VHD virtual disk as bare-metal Hyper-V

You can build, host, and test an entire infrastructure on your Admin PC and then export the virtual machines directly into production environment in Windows Server 2012. To turn on the Windows 8 Hyper-V feature also installs a VM management tool called Hyper-V Manager.

  • Hover mouse on right hand side top corner, Click Search, Type Control Panel then click control panel click Programs, then select Programs and Features.
  • Select Turn Windows Features on or off.
  • Click Hyper-V, then OK, and then Close.

To enable Client Hyper-V using Windows PowerShell, Open elevated PowerShell command , type the following:

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature-Online-FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V

Once Hyper-V is enabled, you must shut down PC and start your PC to complete installation. You will be able to create and manage VMs through Hyper-V Manager or the Hyper-V Module for Windows PowerShell. You can also use Virtual Machine Connection to remotely connect to VMs. You can utilize sysinternals Disk2vhd VHD converter to create and import large virtual machines into Client Hyper-V to test and experiment your infrastructure.