Sometimes you need to do things on your own schedule. Sometimes you have a set of tasks set up that will take a few days to run, and sometimes those tasks happen to be running across Patch Tuesday or whenever Microsoft releases an out-of-band update, meaning you can’t reboot to install the latest updates to your OS as soon as Microsoft tells you to. This is for you.
Now that Hyper-V has been set up, we can create a VM or two and start taking advantage of the benefits of virtualization. This first VM will be created using the .iso file for Ubuntu Server 16.04.1, but you can use just about anything you’d like, especially Windows OSs. Keep in mind that VMs, like any other OS installation, will require that you license your products, own keys, install updates, etc. I’ll be using Ubuntu to start, but later I plan on expanding to some other OSs. Let’s get started!
I’ve used a few different virtualization platforms, including VirtualBox, Windows Virtual PC, and Parallels for Mac. The first use of VM that I can remember is using VirtualBox on Windows XP to log in to multiple Runescape accounts at once. There were probably smarter ways to do what I needed to do, but it was still a fun experience.