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Getting Started with Windows VDI by Andrew Fryer

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Creating a simple virtual machine

Before we build our first VM, we need to understand what we are creating. In Hyper-V, the VM is made up of three things, as follows:

  • One or more Virtual Hard Disks (VHDX), one of which will have the OS.
  • Metadata about how the VM is configured, such as how many logical processors it has, how much memory, how many Network Interface Cards (NICs) it has, and what these are connected to.
  • Its memory execution state. If a VM is running and has 2 GB of RAM memory, then this is what is in that 2 GB of RAM. VMs can be paused/saved in the same way as a physical laptop has hibernation. VMs can be set to be automatically saved when the host is shut down. When a VM is resumed, this memory state is copied back into the RAM. The ...

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