Cloning Virtual Machines in Hyper-V

Microsoft introduced Hyper-V as a virtualization platform in 2008, and it continued to release new Hyper-V versions with new Windows server versions. Since Hyper-V’s debut, it has always been a Windows Server feature, which could be installed whenever a server administrator decided to do so. It’s also available as a separate product called Microsoft Hyper-V Server.  These days its also available in the Windows Client OS versions since Windows 8. So IT Pros and other people can quickly create their own VMs (or Virtual Machines) as and when they need it.

Cloning Virtual Machines refers to creating another copy of the existing virtual machines. Continue reading “Cloning Virtual Machines in Hyper-V”

Enable and Use Nested Virtualization on Azure Virtual Machine

Nested Virtualization is one of the cool new features in Windows Server 2016 that allows you to install hyper-v, create and run virtual machines inside a hyper-v virtual machine itself. In other words, a hyper-v virtual machine can act as a virtual host server. A great benefit of nested Hyper-V virtualization is for labs and training scenarios where you can, for instance, build a cluster of several virtual Hyper-V hosts on a single physical computer. This also allows one to use hyper-v containers and is required by Docker.

Also, provided you have required resource capacity, there are no depths of this feature. That means, you can create a virtual machine, inside a virtual machine, install hyper-v on guest virtual machine and then create virtual machines inside it. Well if you have seen inception, its something like it.  In this blog post, we will learn how to do the same for Azure Virtual Machine.  Continue reading “Enable and Use Nested Virtualization on Azure Virtual Machine”

Oracle virtual box fails to work on machine where hyper-v is installed

Consider this scenario:

  1. You have hyper-v installed on a windows server/client OS and it’s working fine
  2. You install oracle virtual box or any 3rd party virtualization application on machine and it fails with below error:
VT-x/AMD-V hardware acceleration is not available on your system. Certain guests 
(e.g. OS/2 and QNX) require this feature and will fail to boot without it.

Or vice-versa. …Continue Reading

Install the Hyper-V role and create virtual machines using PowerShell

This blog post covers how to install Hyper-V on a windows machine using PowerShell and create virtual machines. To learn more about Hyper-V including system requirements, see Hyper-V overview. Also make sure that you have administrative rights on the machine for doing so.

Install Hyper-V Role

On a windows server:

Open Windows PowerShell session with elevated user rights and run the following command: …Continue Reading