Windows 8 Client Hyper-V Questions


  • I have a couple questions regarding the Windows 8 Client Hyper-V.  I recently got a new computer with Windows 8 on it and I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro so that I could run the Hyper-V Client and continue to use some of my software that I had for my Windows XP machine.  I got everything set up, or so I thought.  I read a couple tutorials today that mention something about setting up a "Virtual Switch".  However, I can't find any explanation of what that means. What is a "virtual switch"?   When I set up my "virtual machine and hard drive", I did not have a "virtual switch" set up.  Is this something that is necessary?  If so, can I fix the machine I have set up or do I have to remove it and set it up again?
    Also, when I use my "virtual machine", I have no sound, no printer, and no internet.  Is there something I can do so that my "virtual machine" will use my actual speakers, printer, and modem?
    Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
    As a side note, I was also wondering how to make a desktop shortcut to an app in my Start menu.  Can someone tell me how to do that?
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 4:07 PM


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  •  (there is a networking one).

    When the Role was added you should have added the management console for Hyper-V.  Open it (as a local administrator).  You will find the virtual switch manager.

    Here is your devices:

    You need RDP enabled in your VM and your session set properly when you connect.  With 8.1 the VM console uses RDP to do the device remoting, so you still need it enabled in the VM.

    Brian Ehlert
    Learn. Apply. Repeat.
    Disclaimer: Attempting change is of your own free will.

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 4:17 PM
  • Brian, Thank you very much for the response.  I have one more question for you.  I followed the directions at the link you provided, but was unable to get it to work.  I'm sure the reason it wasn't working was because RDP is probably not enabled on my VM.  I looked all over and could not find a setting for "RDP", to enable it.  Could you tell me how to enable RDP on my VM.  I looked in my Virtual Switch Manager and in the settings for the VM and could not find that acronym anywhere.
    Friday, November 22, 2013 1:29 PM
  • You find it on the hypervisor under hyper-v settings.

    You find RDP in the vm under the computer settings, remote tab (where it has been for many releases).

    This is making an RDP connection to the vm.  so you use the rdp client "mstsc.exe". Launch that, and you can discover the dialog the blog shows.  then connect to the ip address of the vm.

    Brian Ehlert
    Learn. Apply. Repeat.
    Disclaimer: Attempting change is of your own free will.

    • Edited by BrianEhMVP Friday, November 22, 2013 1:51 PM
    Friday, November 22, 2013 1:49 PM