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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Creating A Virtual Machine

OK, enough of that getting ready stuff and basic configuration. The real reason we’re running Hyper-V is to actually create and use virtual machines (VMs), so let’s get down to it. You can make a VM in several different ways, but they all start with the Hyper-V Manager console.

Note

The next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager will support Hyper-V, including the creation of VMs. We can’t wait!

The basic steps for creating a VM are:

  • Create a new VM, giving it a name and location.

  • Assign RAM to the VM.

  • Connect to a network.

  • Assign or create a Virtual Disk.

  • Specify where the operating system will be loaded from.

The New Virtual Machine Wizard handles all these basic steps, but it is pretty limited and for many situations ...

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