Windows 8 and Client Hyper-V

If you haven't already seen this its one more reason to switch to Windows 8 if you’re an IT pro. Hyper-V now runs on Windows 8 extending previous virtualization capabilities of Windows 7.

There are some requirements to get it running though. Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). SLAT is a feature present in the current generation of 64-bit processors by Intel & AMD. You’ll also need a 64-bit version of Windows 8, and at least 4GB of RAM. Hyper-V does support creation of both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems in the VMs.

I am using it to run a virtual Lync Server 2013 environment so I can test out new server features and have a demo environment. I am currently using a HP EliteBook 8570w to run Windows 8 which among other things has 32GB of SDRAM. So lots of horse power and memory to support VM’s.


For an IT pro supporting Lync Server this is a welcomed new feature. You no longer need to download VMWare Player or other virtualization platform to build a Lync server environment. Very cool.



  1. And, if you need to know if your system has SLAT, run 'systeminfo' from the CMD prompt. Look for "Second Layer Address Translation" under the Hyper-V Requirements portion of the output (normally at the bottom...) If it's Yes, you're good to go.