Many of this site’s users have home labs for IT testing and certification. Microsoft threw these users a huge bonus with Windows 8, and something easily worth learning to deal with the “metro” UI. Microsoft’s Windows 7 included XP mode which was great, but nowhere near as robust as Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2. With Windows 8, Hyper-V is now part of the desktop and workstation environment. After using it for a few months, it is both stable and very familiar. This is a quick guide that will get you from the base Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise installation to have Hyper-V ready to go in under three minutes.
Windows 8 Hyper-V Test Configuration
I did this guide using my main workstation. The great thing about the solution is that it has a SLAT compatible CPU so Windows 8 Hyper-V is easy to setup. Also, there is enough capacity in the machine to support a few guest operating systems.
- CPU(s): Intel Xeon E5-1650
- Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 WS
- Memory: 32GB (8x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600
- Drives: Corsair Force3 120GB, OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
- Power Supply: Corsair AX850 850w 80 Plus Gold