Hyper V question...

I've got a Dell XPS  15 9560 & am wanting to set up a VM to learn some point of sale software.
This model has no Win 7 drivers, so would I be better off making a VHD from a system we regularly use, like Tek Vison, posi flex or even a Dell Optiplex 7010, or making the VM as a new install?
All the systems are currently running Win7, BTW.
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gromackAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Not sure what you mean it has no Win7 drivers... you mean the server hardware?  That's irrelevant - the VM has it's own hardware/hardware drivers for the VM.  Just install Win7 in a VM on the Hyper-V host.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
You can use Disk2VHD software from Sysinternals to convert your phisical machine to Virtual disk and connect it to your Hyper-V server

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/disk2vhd
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gromackAuthor Commented:
Any advantage of going one way vs the other?
As long as I can get on Internet, I'm good (& I can), as the need for this is to build a menu & employee database, that can be transferred to the actual production machine.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
Your question was about what is a better way to create VM, from....
Now you asking what is a benefit to create VM.
Please precise, what do you want accomplish.

If you want to create VM, and you do have already configured real system, I will suggest co convert fully configured system to VM using Disk2VHD software.
THis way you'll get a ghost copy of your fully working system in virtual environment.
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gromackAuthor Commented:
Currently am using one I 'created from scratch', next time I put one of these together, but before setting up the database for it, I'll create a VHD of it for future use. Thanks!
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gromackAuthor Commented:
Any caveats in using an external USB (3.0) HD to store my VMs?
I do use this drive for other things, like storing image files for a variety of POS machines we sell. Recently, I had to use for that purpose & ever since then, I haven't been able to open my VM. VM was shut down when I disconnected it, but in Hyper V settings, I did have to point settings back to this drive.
Finally got disgusted, trashed everything & am setting up another one.
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