If you plan to ever upload Windows virtual machines (VMs) from on-premises to Microsoft Azure, both generation 1 and generation 2 VMs are supported as long as they use the VHD file format and have a fixed (not dynamically expanding) sized disk. See Generation 2 VMs on Azure to learn more about generation 2 capabilities supported on Azure. For more information on uploading a Windows VHD or VHDX, see Prepare a Windows VHD or VHDX to upload to Azure.
Your choice to create a generation 1 or generation 2 virtual machine depends on which guest operating system you want to install and the boot method you want to use to deploy the virtual machine. We recommend that you create a generation 2 virtual machine to take advantage of features like Secure Boot unless one of the following statements is true:
You can't change a virtual machine's generation after you've created it. So, we recommend that you review the considerations here, as well as choose the operating system, boot method, and features you want to use before you choose a generation.
Generation 1 virtual machines support most guest operating systems. Generation 2 virtual machines support most 64-bit versions of Windows and more current versions of Linux and FreeBSD operating systems. Use the following sections to see which generation of virtual machine supports the guest operating system you want to install.
This is a feature that verifies the boot loader is signed by a trusted authority in the UEFI database to help prevent unauthorized firmware, operating systems, or UEFI drivers from running at boot time. Secure Boot is enabled by default for generation 2 virtual machines. If you need to run a guest operating system that's not supported by Secure Boot, you can disable it after the virtual machine's created. For more information, see Secure Boot.
Larger boot volumeThe maximum boot volume for generation 2 virtual machines is 64 TB. This is the maximum disk size supported by a .VHDX. For generation 1 virtual machines, the maximum boot volume is 2TB for a .VHDX and 2040GB for a .VHD. For more information, see Hyper-V Virtual Hard Disk Format Overview.
When booting from network with PXE, generation 2 virtual machines use IPv4 by default. To use IPv6 instead, run the Set-VMFirmware Windows PowerShell cmdlet. For example, the following command sets the preferred protocol to IPv6 for a virtual machine named TestVM:
COM ports aren't available in generation 2 virtual machines until you add them. You can do this with Windows PowerShell or Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). These steps show you how to do it with Windows PowerShell.
Disable Secure Boot. Kernel debugging isn't compatible with Secure Boot. Make sure the virtual machine is in an Off state, then use the Set-VMFirmware cmdlet. For example, the following command disables Secure Boot on virtual machine TestVM:
Add a COM port. Use the Set-VMComPort cmdlet to do this. For example, the following command configures the first COM port on virtual machine, TestVM, to connect to the named pipe, TestPipe, on the local computer:
This article addresses some common questions about Windows virtual machines created in Azure using the Resource Manager deployment model. For the Linux version of this topic, see Frequently asked question about Linux Virtual Machines.
All subscribers can run server software on an Azure virtual machine. For information about the support policy for running Microsoft server software in Azure, see Microsoft server software support for Azure Virtual Machines.
Establish a remote connection using Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) for a Windows VM. For instructions, see How to connect and sign on to an Azure virtual machine running Windows. A maximum of two concurrent connections are supported, unless the server is configured as a Remote Desktop Services session host.
Don't use the temporary disk to store data. It is only temporary storage, so you would risk losing data that can't be recovered. Data loss can occur when the virtual machine moves to a different host. Resizing a virtual machine, updating the host, or a hardware failure on the host are some of the reasons a virtual machine might move.
The two new regions of Canada Central and Canada East are not automatically registered for virtual machine creation for existing Azure subscriptions. This registration is done automatically when a virtual machine is deployed through the Azure portal to any other region using Azure Resource Manager. After a virtual machine is deployed to any other Azure region, the new regions should be available for subsequent virtual machines.
The process for deploying Windows Server-based virtual machines (VMs) on Azure Virtual Desktop is slightly different than the one for VMs running other versions of Windows, such as Windows 10 or Windows 11. This guide will walk you through the process.
When you create your virtual machine, you can specify the type of processor you have. Thus, you can select whether your virtual machine will have a 32-bit processor or a 64-bit processor. In other words, you can freely install Ubuntu 32-bit on your virtual machine, even though the host OS (Windows 7) is 64-bit.
Azure Virtual Desktop virtual machines (VMs) are charged at Linux compute rate for Windows 10 single-session, Windows 10 multi-session and Windows Server, including Citrix cloud and VMWare Horizon cloud on Azure. To optimize infrastructure costs, you can take advantage of one-year or three-year Azure Reserved Virtual Machine Instances, which can save you up to 72 percent versus pay-as-you-go pricing.
For determining user density and VM specifications, please consult the guidelines for remote desktop workloads. Please note that your needs will vary and after you set up your virtual machines, you should continually monitor their actual usage and adjust their size accordingly.
Note: Get Windows 11 from Microsoft option is not available in Parallels Desktop for Business. It is advised to deploy a custom virtual machine pre-configured for your business environment (see KB 120093).
Important: Windows installation files with an .exe extension can be used only to upgrade an existing Windows virtual machine (VM). If you are performing a new Windows installation, the .exe file will not work. Please contact local retailer to request either a physical disc or an .iso image.
If you have any issues installing Windows from a DVD, or if you don't have a DVD drive, you can use another drive to create an .iso image and install a virtual machine from that. For instructions, see KB 4917: How to create an .iso image from a Windows installation DVD.
VMware Workstation Player is free for personal, non-commercial use (business and nonprofit use is considered commercial use). If you would like to learn about virtual machines or use them at home, you are welcome to use VMware Workstation Player for free. Students and faculty of accredited educational institutions can use VMware Workstation Player for free if they are members of the VMware Academic Program.
Choose how much memory you would like to give the virtual machine. This choice will be dependent on how much you have available. The more, the better. For my purposes, I will be doing application testing, so this should be enough for the operating system in addition to the applications I will be testing. If you have limited physical RAM installed, 2 GB or less, uncheck Use Dynamic Memory for this virtual machine.
You have to stop the virtual machine, go into the properties, and change secure boot to disable. By default Microsoft enforces a secure boot option that only allows microsoft secure software to be installed.
I also have the same problem, only windows 32bit appears on dropdown.My laptop: Asus X556U 64Bit Wimdows 10 Home Edition. I just install again the virtual box with administration permission with repair option.Then restart, when I check virtual box dropdown menu, windows 7 64 bit is available. And I was able to install windows 7 64 bit version. I hope it helps :-)
7. Start your virtual machine. Select your startup disk (or .ISO file) and click Start. When I select start all I get is Normal Start, Headless Start and Detachable Start. Does no prompt me to select my ISO file.
A virtual machine is a virtualization technology that allows you to run multiple operating systems in containers isolated from the main installation as a separate device but without the extra hardware.
Usually, the ability to create a virtual machine can come in handy in many scenarios. For example, to test untrusted applications, run legacy programs in older versions of Windows, install different operating systems like Linux or keep specific work separate. You can also use it to install and run Windows Insider Preview builds without the need for another computer.
While you can use VirtualBox to create virtual machines, Windows 10 also includes several features to avoid third-party virtualization technologies. For example, Windows Sandbox to test applications, Microsoft Defender Application Guard to load untrusted websites, and the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 run distros of Linux like Ubuntu or Kali.
VMware released vSphere 7 in April 2020. VMware ESXi 7 and VMware vSphere Client 7 are the key components of this updated virtualization platform. You can read about the new features in vSphere 7 here. Creating a new virtual machine is a common action with virtualization. Are there any differences between VMware vSphere 7 and previous vSphere versions when it comes to creating a new VM? This blog post explains step by step how to create a new virtual machine in VMware vSphere Client 7.0. 2b1af7f3a8