How to connect wifi clients to Hyper-V-based domain RRS feed

  • Question

  • 1 Hyper-V host with a 4-port NIC running Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Core

    Domain Controller VM and client VMs running on it, connected through an Internal vSwitch.  DC runs DHCP.  Client VMs connected to this Internal vSwitch get DHCP from DC fine.

    Flat 192.168.0.x network, looking to keep it as simple as possible for now.

    I would now like to connect wireless clients to this DHCP network.  

    I have a wireless router that I turned into a bridge by disabling its DHCP and uPNP, and setting a static 192.168.0.x IP for it.

    What should I do to enable clients connecting to this bridge to grab an IP from this DC?

    (I've tried various things, but don't want to clutter this thread with my (likely faulty) actions, for now.

    Thank you for all guidance.

    Saturday, April 20, 2019 12:13 PM

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  • Using an Internal virtual switch for the VMs means that the only the VMs and the host can connect to one another.  ( is a good blog explaining the various types of virtual switches).  In order for a client coming in from a wireless network, that means there has to be a physical connection between the wireless network and the Hyper-V host.  The Hyper-V host will need to have at least one of the NICs defined as an External switch in order to access the physical network.  

    You have made your configuration more complicated by using an Internal virtual switch.  If you placed everything on an External virtual switch and place both the VMs and the wi-fi clients on the same subnet, it would be trivial to set up.  But by placing the VMs on an Internal virtual switch, only allowing communication among the physical host and the VMs on that host, you would have to introduce a VM that acts as a router between the physical and virtual environments and that router would have to be configured to forward DHCP requests.


    Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:15 PM
  • I'd configure a new external vSwitch, connect VMs to new vSwitch, plug wireless bridge into port configured for new vSwitch



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Saturday, April 20, 2019 1:18 PM
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