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Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit by Janique Carbone Robert Larson and Microsoft Windows Virtualization Team

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Installing a Guest Operating System

A virtual machine does not usually provide any useful service until it is configured with a workload that consists of an operating system and one or more applications. Installing an operating system in a virtual machine parallels the process performed for a physical computer. A virtual machine operating system can be installed using original media, an imaging tool, ISO images, or PXE-based installation. Table 11-4 lists the virtual machine requirements for each of these installation methods.

Table 11-4. Virtual Machine Guest Operating System Installation Options

Setting

Description

Original Media

The virtual DVD drive must be mapped to the physical host drive containing the original media.

Imaging Tool

The virtual ...

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