creating windows 7 virtual machine on windows 2012

Posted on 2015-01-12
Last Modified: 2015-01-15
one of my clients needs a windows7 machine set up on the network for remote desktop access to enable them to troubleshoot a new app they are testing.  Instead of setting up a new pc for access, was thinking of creating a windows7
vm on our new 2012 server.  If i do this, do i simply configure the virtual nic adapter on the windows7 to have the same ip as one of the current machines that is accessed remotely?  In other words, can this virtual machine be accessed via remote desktop as long as i have its ip mapped on our router?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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What you describe is known as VDI and, unfortunately, Microsoft's licensing on VDI is still very convoluted (and expensive.) It is not a path I'd recommend given that use case.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 400 total points
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You are correct in your thinking but also remember every device on the network must have a unique ip address.  You have to first add an external virtual switch to hyper-v and it must be running and remote desktop enabled

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i think i have the external virtual switch already running as well as remote desktop enabled.  The fact that its called an external virtual switch does it also act similar to a network switch or is it only configurable for 1 nic?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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for machines running inside hyper-v it acts like a regular switch. several virtual machines can use it and each external virtual switch uses 1 physical nic.  It is hard to explain since it is different inside of hyper-v and physically

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Well to simpify it, would it be correct in saying that once the external virtual switch is running and configured, if you created let's say 3 more vms, they would all have a unique ip but connected or tied to the one virtual switch?

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also, if i install windows7 on the vm, how does licensing work?  Do i use an existing windows7 license?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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you must use an unused windows 7 license.  The same as if you installed it on a physical machine and yes they can use the same virtual switch.

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