Windows 8 As A Demo Laptop

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Almost 2 years ago I took delivery of my current laptop, and after dabbling with Oracle VirtualBox, settled on using Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V as my base operating system for virtual machine demos. This configuration served me well for the last couple of years, but I’ve always had a couple of niggling issues including lack of support for power management, as well as no simple way to connect WiFi to a virtual machine.

All that changed last week, when I took the plunge and installed the Microsoft IT Windows 8 desktop build onto my laptop. After a few minutes getting used to the lack of a start button on the classic desktop, I enabled Hyper-V and copied over my current demo .VHD file. The first thing I discovered was how easy it is to configure WiFi, in exactly the same way as configuring Ethernet connectivity. Not only that, but full power management is fully supported, enabling both sleep & hibernation.

Windows 8 Hyper-V Support For WiFi

Having resolved both of my original issues, I started to explore what else is available. The remote desktop that ships with Windows 8 is probably my new favourite Metro native Windows 8 app.

Windows 8 Remote Desktop

Now I can simply switch between multiple sessions, each with a different user logged in, in a single click instead of 3 or 4 clicks in the non-Windows 8 world.

Switching Between Windows 8 Remote Desktops

Now that Windows 8 RTM is available to download via MSDN Subscriptions, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the new Hyper-V capabilities right now.

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When not working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Simon can be found singing with The Chain Gang. Berkshire’s leading live Soul, Funk, Disco and Motown function band.

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