I built the video How to Setup a Virtual Machine in Windows Server 2008 a few years ago. It has served us well, but I decided now was the time to update the video for Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 add some new capabilities for your VMs and I wanted to highlight them here.
One of the new capabilities in Hyper-V that stands out to me is the concept of the Generation 1 and Generation 2 Virtual Machines. I love that we maintain backward compatibility and provide support for the new generation of hardware and Virtual Machine capabilities. Here is a quick rundown of the Generation 2 capabilities:
Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview includes two supported virtual machine generations.
IDE drives and legacy network adapter support is not available in Generation 2 VMs. If you need IDE or legacy NIC support, you must stay with Generation 1 VMs.
Also note that Generation 2 VMs are only supported on the following Operating Systems:
There is a very good Generation 2 overview here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn282285.aspx
I hope this information has helped, if you have any more questions, please let me know.
This session is one part of a whole series of screen casts around Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, you can go this link to access the whole series.
So you want to get started with (Windows Server 2012) Hyper-V? Start here! – In Summary
Until next time!