You all know when it comes to virtualization I am VMware all the way. However, it has recently to my attention that the use of VMware Player on a company issued computer may be a violation of the EULA as this type of activity would be considered commercial use of the software.
So the option is to purchase a license or use the native Virtualization built into my Windows 10.
- Here are some capabilities of Windows 10 virtualization:
- Hot add & remove for memory and network adapters: Windows and Linux Guests
- Windows PowerShell Direct: Issue commands inside a virtual machine from the host
- Linux secure boot: – Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server can use secure boot options
- Hyper-V Manager: Hyper-V manager can manage computers running Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
The following prerequisites are required to successfully run Hyper-V on Windows 10:
Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise 64 bit Operating System
64 bit processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
4GB system RAM at minimum
BIOS-level Hardware Virtualization support
Windows 10 Hyper-V Install Steps:
- Enable virtualization support in bios
- Access the Control Panel
- From Control Panel select Programs
- In Windows Features select Hyper-V
- After installation of Hyper-V has completed, restart computer
The installation of Hyper-V is now complete. The next step is to setup the Virtual Switch Manager for networking and configure your first virtual machine. This is can be done by:
- Clicking the search icon on the task-bar and then typing Hyper-V Manager .
- Select Virtual Switch Manager in the Actions pane
- Choose External and then click on the Create Virtual Switch button
- Give the new Virtual Switch a name, and ensure the active NIC is selected