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.

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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.

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2 comments:

  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.

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