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.
- Generation 1 Provides the same virtual hardware to the virtual machine as in previous versions of Hyper-V.
- Generation 2 Provides the following new functionality on a virtual machine:
- Secure Boot (enabled by default)
- Boot from a SCSI virtual hard disk
- Boot from a SCSI virtual DVD
- PXE boot by using a standard network adapter
- UEFI firmware support
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:
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview
- 64-bit versions of Windows 8
- 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1 Preview
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.
Until next time!