Sunday, October 20, 2013

Windows 8.1 and Hyper-V Guest problems

I installed the Windows 8.1 update on my main desktop machine and I found a couple issues with Hyper-V upon finished the install.
First, when I went to fire up my Windows XP Pro guests the wouldn't. There were errors about not being able to do a secure boot. So I thought that maybe I should recreate the Virtual Machine. When I did that I discovered the Specify Generation screen in the Wizard, which is new in Windows 8.1.
Once I selected Generation 1 I was able to fire up my Windows XP Pro guests.

However, I then found that none of my guests had internet access.
I thought that by installing a new version of the Integration Services that it would be fixed. Nope, didn't.
I then tried uninstalling and reinstalling the network card in the guest. No go.
I then created a new virtual switch, I have two network cards so I left the old one and applied the new one to the guests. Bingo, that worked. Well almost. I then found that the host didn't have internet connectivity. I removed the old virtual switch and then my system was back to being usable.
So far I haven't discovered anything fabulous with 8.1, but I think that eventually folks should upgrade as it is being reported as being a touch quicker. I don't reboot my machine very often so I couldn't say how much better the boot up is.