Windows 8/8.1 Pro – Hyper-V, Hypervisor is not running

Windows 8.1 Professional or Enterprise versions have a built-in Hyper-V feature, which can be really useful while building a homelab. To sucessfully enable this feature you need to you need the following :

  • Operating System version, mentioned before
  • BIOS-level Hardware Virtualization support
  • At least 4GB RAM
  • 64 bit processor with SLAT (Second Level Address Translation)

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012/2012R2 can be installed without SLAT, however if you want to enable Hyper-V feature on Windows 8/8.1 without SLAT, simply forget about it. Continue reading

HOWTO : Start, stop, suspend multiple suspended/saved virtual machines

This post will be for a junior administrator or maybe advanced user I should say. I’m Windows administrator and I’m preparing, testing my solutions in virtual labs.
I’m using Hyper-V, because it’s free, now if you have a Windows 8.1, but Professional or better, it’s built feature – so goodbye VMWare player, Worstation and so on.
Many times my labs contain multiple virtual machines, that means I have to start, stop, suspend,save them. Clicking on each machine to perform this simple actions is pretty annoying, so what to do to start them all, in my case most of my machines are in the suspended or saved state. And again with help comes, the one, the only, the mighty – Powershell. Continue reading