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Getting started with Hyper-V on Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 comes with its own virtualization software called Hyper-V. Not for the Windows 10 Home edition, though.

Check if you fulfill the requirements by opening a CMD shell and typing in systeminfo:

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The below part of the output from systeminfo should look like this:

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If you see No there instead, you need to enable virtualization in your BIOS settings.

Next you go to Programms and Features and click on Turn Windows features on or off:

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You need Administrator rights for that. Then tick the checkbox for Hyper-V:

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That requires a restart at the end:

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Afterwards you can use the Hyper-V Manager:

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Hyper-V can do similar things than VMware or VirtualBox. It doesn’t play well together with VirtualBox in my experience, though: VirtualBox VMs refused to start with errors like “VT-x is not available” after I installed Hyper-V. I also found it a bit trickier to handle than VirtualBox, but that’s maybe just because of me being less familiar with it.

The reason I use it now is because one of our customers who wants to do an Exasol Administration training cannot use VirtualBox – but Hyper-V is okay for them. And now it looks like that’s also an option. My testing so far shows that our educational cluster installation and management labs work also with Hyper-V.