Hyper-V virtual machine gallery and networking improvements

In January, we added Quick Create to Hyper-V manager in Windows 10.  Quick Create is a single-page wizard for fast, easy, virtual machine creation. Starting in the latest fast-track Windows Insider builds (16237+) we’re expanding on that idea in two ways.  Quick Create now includes: A virtual machine gallery with downloadable, pre-configured, virtual machines. A… Read more

Copying Files into a Hyper-V VM with Vagrant

A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog with tips and tricks for getting started with Vagrant on Hyper-V. My fifth tip was to “Enable Nifty Hyper-V Features,” where I briefly mentioned stuff like differencing disks and virtualization extensions. While those are useful, I realized later that I should have added one more feature… Read more

Vagrant and Hyper-V — Tips and Tricks

Learning to Use Vagrant on Windows 10 A few months ago, I went to DockerCon as a Microsoft representative. While I was there, I had the chance to ask developers about their favorite tools. The most common tool mentioned (outside of Docker itself) was Vagrant. This was interesting — I was familiar with Vagrant, but… Read more

Making it easier to revert

Sometimes when things go wrong in my environment, I don’t want to have to clean it all up — I just want to go back in time to when everything was working. But remembering to maintain good recovery points isn’t easy. Now we’re making it so that you can always roll back your virtual machine to a recent good state if you… Read more

What’s new in Hyper-V for the Windows 10 Creators Update?

Microsoft just released the Windows 10 Creators Update.  Which means Hyper-V improvements! New and improved features in Creators Update: Quick Create Checkpoint and Save for nested Hyper-V Dynamic resize for VM Connect Zoom for VM Connect Networking improvements (NAT) Developer-centric memory management Keep reading for more details.  Also, if you want to try new Hyper-V… Read more

How to give us feedback

We love hearing from you.  So what’s the best way to give us feedback? The best way to report an issue or give a quick suggestion is the Feedback Hub on Windows 10 (Windows key + F to open it quickly). The feedback hub lets the product team see all of your feedback in one… Read more

Overlay Network Driver with Support for Docker Swarm Mode Now Available to Windows Insiders on Windows 10

Windows 10 Insiders can now take advantage of overlay networking and Docker swarm mode  to manage containerized applications in both single-host and clustering scenarios. Containers are a rapidly growing technology, and as they evolve so must the technologies that support them as members of a broader collection of compute, storage and networking infrastructure components. For… Read more

Fun fact: Quick Create handles emoji in virtual machine names and splices them into simple Unicode

I was playing with Windows 10’s on screen keyboard and discovered the emoticons section.  Specifically, I found this awesome set of cat emojis. WindowsKitty definitely needed to be a VM Name.  It even has a laptop!  Luckily, it turns out, the Quick Create option we added recently handles emoji beautifully. Not only does the VM name look… Read more

Editing VMConnect session settings

When you connect to a VM with Virtual Machine Connection in enhanced session mode, you’re prompted to choose some settings for display and local resources. The main thing that changes between sessions is usually display configuration. But since you can now resize after connecting starting in the latest Insider build, you might not want to see this page each… Read more

Live Migration via Constrained Delegation with Kerberos in Windows Server 2016

Introduction Many Hyper-V customers have run into new challenges when trying to use constrained delegation with Kerberos to Live Migrate VMs in Windows Server 2016.  When attempting to migrate, they would see errors with messages like “no credentials are available in the security package,” or “the Virtual Machine Management Service failed to authenticate the connection… Read more