First, I need to set the record straight – I am not a systems guy. When I need work done to set up a server or install an OS or handle networking, I usually talk to people who know what they are doing. After the system is ready, I am build BI and data solutions on the system.
As far as Virtual Machines (VMs) go, I really did not like working with them. I seem to always have issues getting them set up correctly and being able to work with them on a regular basis. In particular, getting connected to the host system and internet always annoyed me.
However, after the install, some VPN software provided by my client did not work. It appears to have issues working with Windows 8. I had heard that Hyper-V was easy to setup and use in Windows 8. It’s true! I merely had to turn on the service, create the network, create a VM, and point to a Windows 7 ISO and, voila, I had a VM running with Windows 7 and an internet connection. A Building Windows 8 blog post by the Steven Sinofsky on Hyper-V was the key to simplicity. Check it out! They have a video, 3 minutes long, on creating a VM in Windows 8. It worked!
Kudos to the engineering team on making this a simple exercise that even a non-systems guy could figure out and use!