Open the virtual machine settings by clicking Settings.
For virtual machines of generation 2, you can add these types of virtual hardware :
However, integration services will need to be installed in the guest operating system for the SCSI controller to be recognized.
With these virtual machines of generation 2, you will not be able anymore to use these virtual hardware :
On Windows Server 2016, the "RemoteFX 3D Video Adapter" option is also available for generation 2 virtual machines.
Generation 2 virtual machines use EFI firmware instead of the traditional BIOS.
You can enable the secure boot of this virtual machine, but also change the boot order :
Note that by default, the virtual machine will use a virtual hard drive connected on a virtual SCSI controller.
Since Windows Server 2016, a new "Security" section has appeared for generation 2 virtual machines with several options :
Since virtual machines of Generation 2 use a SCSI controller by default, you can add only :
For the virtual hard disk, you can choose which SCSI controller to use and where you want to connect this virtual hard disk to this SCSI controller.
You can also create a new virtual hard disk, change the virtual hard disk to use or use a physical hard disk as a virtual SCSI hard disk.
To avoid slowing down the server due to too much input / output (I/O) on the virtual hard disk of the virtual machine, you can enable Quality of Service (QoS) management.
This will allow you to specify a minimum and maximum number of I/O operations per second to prevent a virtual hard disk from overloading the physical hard disk bandwidth of your host server.
Since virtual machines of Generation 2 use a SCSI controller, you will be able to share a virtual hard disk between multiple virtual machines.
This was not possible with the IDE controller used by default for Generation 1 virtual machines.
Virtual hard disk sharing allows multiple virtual machines to use a single virtual hard disk at the same time.
From the Hyper-V Manager, you will be able to manage the different virtual networks thanks to :
The Virtual Switch Manager is used to create and configure the various virtual switches.
As you can see, you can create external, internal or private virtual switches.
In other words, you can connect your virtual machines to the physical network of the company or connect them internally by isolating them from the physical network.
To learn more about this Virtual Switch Manager, refer to our tutorial : Manage virtual switches and improve server network performance
For the Virtual SAN Manager, it will allow you to connect your Hyper-V server to an existing SAN in Fiber Channel.
The Fiber Channel is very expensive, but can significantly improve performance at the network level.
As you can see in the Generation 1 virtual machine settings, you can use a virtual floppy drive and insert a floppy disk in ".vfd" format.
To create a virtual floppy disk in this format, simply right-click on your Hyper-V server and click on : New -> Floppy Disk.
In the "Create Virtual Floppy" window that appears, provide a name for this floppy disk and select the folder where you want to store it.
Then, in your Generation 1 virtual machine, go to the "Diskette Drive" section, select "Virtual floppy disk (.vfd) file" and click "Browse".
Select the virtual floppy file created previously.
The virtual floppy disk is inserted into the diskette drive of your virtual machine.
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