How To: Import VMs into Hyper-V

We use Hyper-V to run some of our WRK-related experiments. In order to keep management simple, I created a virtual machine that contains all the setup for those experiments. After creating that image, I used Hyper-V (running on Windows Server 2008 R2) to export this machine to have the template image ready at hand. Once this was done, I thought I would be able to import that image multilple times so that would have enough instances for running our experiment (30 in our case). However, when I imported the second instance, Hyper-V failed to import the template since the VHD file already existed. In this post I will explain how you can easily import multiple virtual machines from one single template image using PowerShell.

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WRK Compatibility With Windows Server 2003 SP2

The deployment of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V based virtual machines to facilitate our operating system course assignments has brought up the issue that virtual machines have to run at least Windows Server 2003 SP2. Since the WRK documentation says that Windows Server 2003 SP1 is needed to run the kernel, the question remains whether the application binary interface (ABI) of those two versions are compatible. As others indicated (thanks for your comments :) ) and evaluated on our server, the WRK appears to be able to run on Windows Server 2003 SP2. Nevertheless, I wanted to examine if at least the user-kernel mode ABI is compatible, for which I will give an answer in this post.

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