Screenshots: Windows 8 Client Hyper-V virtual switch settings in depth

Host machine verses virtual machine

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In last week's article, Get started with Windows 8 Client Hyper-V the right way, I showed you how to determine if your system is capable of running Windows 8's Client Hyper-V, how to make adjustments in the firmware, and how to install the Client Hyper-V software in Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise.

Once you install Client Hyper-V, the first thing that you'll need to do in preparation for creating a virtual machine is create a virtual switch in order for your virtual machines to connect to your network and the Internet. Once you have a virtual switch in place you can create your virtual machines and in the process connect them to your virtual switch.

In general, creating, and configuring a virtual switch is fairly straightforward, but it can be and intimidating procedure for two reasons. First, it is not something a lot of users have experience doing and second, there are a lot of options to weed through. Some of these options are required for a typical Client Hyper-V setup, but many aren't. So it is easy to wind up with an improperly configure the virtual switch and not be able to connect to your network or to the Internet.

In this week's article, I'll show you how to create a virtual switch in Windows 8 Client Hyper-V. As I do, I'll examine the virtual switch settings in depth so you know what settings you need to configure and will understand how virtual networking functions in Client Hyper-V.

Quick terminology

As I discuss Client Hyper-V in this article, for simplicity I'll use the terms Host Machine and Virtual Machine. Just for the sake of clarity, Figure A illustrates what I mean by these terms.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.