Saturday, March 30, 2013

Isolated Lab in Hyper-V

From the time I started to use Windows 8 as my production OS, I adopted Hyper-V as my main virtualization platform for testing. The plus is low demand on CPU and RAM and some nice features. Last month I finally decided to move my Lab testing environment to my new company PC.

I was trying to figure out for the first time isolation from my production network - until now I had my Lab at home, so no isolation was needed.

I wondered how to achieve this because Hyper-V doesn´t have rich networking options like VirtualBox or VMware Workstation.

The solution came after I found this great post:

I can confirm that this solution works flawlessly. Virtual router does the job. All you need to do is follow the steps, and especially be careful with connecting network adapters!

If you want to save you some time, I have correctly prepared VHD. All I have done is that I created VHD and applied DD-WRT router image into it. 
You can download it here.

MD5 checksum for the VHD:
d06163b4b44fe1f476b26314ba2e58f4 *BLUBERIX-ROUTER.vhd

Then just go on with configuring Virtual machine. One difference in my setup is that I use PRIVATE network instead of INTERNAL. I don´t want virtual machines to communicate with my host.

After starting up, connect another Virtual machine to PRIVATE network, type into browser and router will welcome you with prompt for your own login: