Hyper-V virtualization in a flash, drive that is – Part 1

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  1. fasthair says:


    Nice "introduction to VMs" post. As you know I've been playing with VMware since you've last podcast after a few years of being away from VMs. I've got three VMs, Win 7, Vail, WHS v1 and working on converting images stored on my production WHS to VMS to further play with Vail. I tried converting a Vista image last night but it failed but I see where screwed up :) Actually I've got a lot of ideas. How well they all play out is another story.

    This Hyper-V looks interesting but I don't really have two PCs I can dedicate to it's use. Somehow I don't think my netbook would be a good machine to control the Hyper-V from :) It is possible to just use the "desktop" of Hyper-V install and control/use the VMs using it? Or is this a bad idea or not work?

    I might be getting ahead of you here and I don't want to spoil the next post. But I'm guessing you boot from the USB drive you just made and install the VMs on the HDDs in the box that Hyper-V is running on via USB. I ASSume you can also install Hyper-V to the HDDs in the box too. But I'll wait for the next post to explain all of this.

    I can see I'm going to have to go buy a 8gig USB drive this weekend and play around. If nothing else just boot the USB drive and see what Hyper-V is all about. I've got a couple of spare HHDs doing nothing so why not!

    One thing I would like to see in up coming posts is what you think it takes hardware wise for a nice VM host and bare metal machine.


  2. fasthair says:

    Oh sure just go buy a 20$ USB drive… 212$ later and my WHS has another TB of storage and a cool HDD docking station. Thanks a lot pal :)


  3. wodysweb says:

    Hi Fasthair, no you can’t use the desktop of your Hyper-V server to manage or interact with your virtual machines as it is meant to be a headless machine after you do the initial install, i.e. no interaction just like a server sitting in a server room. You can use any other PC to do the VM management it doesn’t have to be netbook like I described in the post. It could be your main desktop if you have a separate virtualization server by itself.

    Yes, I probably should clarify that you most definitely can install Hyper-V on a hard drive as well, I just like this way better in that it frees up your HDD’s totally for your VM’s.

    I’ll work on a post regarding hardware sizing, the thing is it all depends on what you’re trying to accomplish as well as one person’s “acceptable” performance levels are always in line with others but a general comparison is doable.

    Glad to see I was able to help speed up your hardware purchases!

  4. EDR says:

    Thank you for the informative and interesting articles. I now have a very good handle on how bare metal virtualization works. This is tempting for starting up your own home build. I could see setting up an OEM WHS as your working server and then installing a different OS with physically different drives which would allow you to backup your WHS. It would be nice to also install a test WHS without any additional hardware.

    Just before WHS came out in beta I setup a FreeNAS server (which I still have running). Then I bought a Norco 530 and installed OEM WHS and when the EX 495 came out I bought one of those to back up my Mac. Virtualization allows me to explore new server without dedicating more hardware.

    I look forward to your next articles.


    Ed R

  5. wodysweb says:

    Hi Ed R, glad you liked the article. Sounds like you have some good use cases for a virtualization server already ironed out. That's what is nice about a baremetal server, you can add whole new systems w/o a lot if any extra expense. Keep us updated if you start to experiment!

  6. Bennon says:

    I have this issue with both W2K8R2 and 2012-Hyper V. The process completes okay to copying then 'hangs' at 'Waiting to VHD to mount'…
    What am i missing here??

  7. alex says:

    It is working with 2008 server, but how to do in window 203 R2 OS.