Use Windows 8 Client Hyper-V to set up a test machine

Specify the way your virtual machine will connect to the network

The Virtual Switch Manager allows you to select several types of virtual switches: External, Internal, and Private. The one you choose will depend on how you want to use your virtual machine. If you want your virtual machine to be able to access resources available on your physical network, you'll select External. If you only want a connection between the host and the virtual machine, you'll select Internal. If you have more than one virtual machine running at one time and you only want a connection between your virtual machines, you select Private.

For the purposes of this example, I'll select External and click Next. You'll then be able to assign your virtual switch a name and select the network adapter. These two steps are illustrated.

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