4 tips on installing a virtual server on your Windows

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Installing a virtual server on your Windows is not a very complex job. You only need a few steps to complete it. However, you need to take some measures to improve the performance of your virtual server. In order to do so, you can use the following tips when installing a virtual server on your Windows.

Convert a physical disk to a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD)

Hyper-V lets you duplicate the contents of a physical drive into a new virtual disk. This process may take a long time depending on the size of the physical disk.

Use integration components

You have to install the ICS on a guest VM. If you enable the Integration Features, then the enhanced integration is activated. If the ICS are not installed on a guest VM, the interaction between the host and the guest is through ‘native’ console (VMWindow.exe).

Using processor compatibility mode to migrate Virtual Machines

Hardware migration is simple when all the nodes of the cluster similar. Hyer-V can take the advantage of the processor capabilities in the latest AMD and Intel processor for improving the overall efficiency and speed of the VMs that the running on the physical host. You should use the processor compatibility mode only when VMs will migrate from one Hyper-V enabled processor type to another within the same vendor processing family.

Avoid using dynamically expanding VHD files in a production environment

The new Virtual Machine Wizard in Windows Server 2008 R2 is able to create a virtual machine. However, the default settings are not appropriate for production environments. If you use the wizard to create a VHD automatically, then it will create a dynamically expanding VHD file which will be using up your space. It is better to create the VHD file using the New Virtual Hard Disk to create the VHD file before you create the VM. This allows you to specify a fixed size.

These tips will improve the function of your virtual machine. When installing virtual machine on your Windows, follow these advices.