Earlier this week, Microsoft and Canonical made a giant leap forward in bringing Linux to the Windows desktop. A pre-installed, pre-configured Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS virtual hard disk is now available in the Hyper-V Quick Create Gallery, and can be set up in minutes. No installation is required. The virtual machine created is Generation 2 and has full
Especially when testing Windows Insider Preview builds in various editions and languages, I use differencing disks on Hyper-V virtual machines. This not only allows me to save storage space on my dedicated Hyper-V drive, but it also makes creating new virtual machines really fast, taking just seconds to boot to the desktop when a VM
One potential secret to IT success is careful and judicious use of automation tools and technologies. But remember: automation is supposed to SAVE time and money, not spend it wildly or wastefully!
I use Hyper-V a lot. All of my physical machines run the UK English x64 PRO edition of the latest Windows Insider build, along with other language versions of Windows 10 I regularly need (FIN, SWE & GER), with both of the latest official release and Insider builds also running on Hyper-V virtual machines. Until
On my HP ProBook laptop, I’ve had a strange issue regardless of which Windows 10 Insider build I am running: the Hypervisor will be turned off when the laptop is powered off, which makes it impossible to run Hyper-V virtual machines following a cold boot. When the Hypervisor is enabled, it survives restarts but the
Quite a number of IT pros and advanced users alike use virtual machines to test Windows Insider builds, to run legacy operating systems for intermittent needs, to have a sandbox environment to test new software, or for a myriad of other reasons. My choice for virtualization software is Hyper-V, and has been since it was
If you’re using Macrium Reflect as your backup and imaging solution, be aware that it comes with an excellent tool that can update, upgrade and maintain your image backups. It’s called Macrium viBoot, and it’s worth getting to know. As a keen and avid Windows Insider, I’ve had my share of Windows upgrades fail for various reasons. Fortunately,
Windows 10 version 1709 holds a hidden gem for us virtualization freaks: Quick Create Online Gallery. By default, it gives Microsoft an opportunity to suggest its premade virtual machines to users. But the term “hidden gem” means that although the feature has been available for almost a year now in Windows Insider builds, its documentation