Q What is Hyper-V/Virtualization technology?
A In simple terms, Virtualization enables multiple Operating Systems to run concurrently on single machine. Some of the key benefits which virtualization provides -
- Server Consolidation
- Consolidation of DEV and TEST Environments
- Legacy applications re-hosting... etc
Coming to Hyper-V, it's a feature of Windows Server 2008 (x64 bit) provided by Microsoft for enabling scalable, reliable and highly available virtualization platform.To know more about Hyper-V and Virtualization, I would recommend you to go through the below links
Ok, now let me quickly jump to the configuration and setting up of Hyper-V. One of the key pre-requisite is to have a Windows Server 2008 (x64-bit) OS running and configure your BIOS to enable virtualization - I learned this the hard way out :-), had to spend some time understanding this till I got enlightened from this great blog by Rob who has put up some great videos about How-to Configure Hyper-V and create VM's. Great work there!
So, once you are on your Windows Server 2008 x-64 bit OS, here are the steps which you need to follow
a. Configure the BIOS for Hyper-V
b. Installing the Hyper-V role
c. Setting up a Virtual Machine Network
d. Creating a VMSo, these are the basic steps you need to follow to configure your Hyper-V and get your first Virtual Machine running. I was lucky as I had already got a pre-configured virtual hard disk running Windows Server 2003. So, I just needed to bring the virtual machine to the network and then start installing SQL and AX on it.
Next - will soon blog about my experience configuring Clustered VM's. Till then, Happy Virtualizaing... :-)