How to set up Hyper-V network adapters
Here you will find out:
- what Hyper-V is
- how you can set up Hyper-V network adapters
- when DiskInternals can help you
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Simply put, Hyper-V is a technology that allows Windows users to create virtual environments (on a physical server) where they can run multiple apps. Hyper-V is built into the Windows operating system; it is simply used for virtualization purposes.
Hyper-V works with virtual network adapters (virtual NICs) to connect with physical servers, virtual machines, and other networking devices through a LAN connection.
Enable a Hyper-V Network Adapter
Since Hyper-V requires network adapters, here's a detailed guide to how you can set up Hyper-V network adapters. There are two common ways to achieve this: either use Windows PowerShell commands or go to the Hyper-V Manager settings page, which features a GUI interface.
Method One: Using PowerShell
For PowerShell to run smoothly and effect the changes you wish to make, you must run it in Administrator Mode. Click on the Search bar/icon on the Taskbar menu and type "PowerShell". From the results, right-click on "Windows PowerShell" and click on "Run as Administrator." Now, follow the guide below to enable network adapters in Hyper-V.
In the PowerShell, type the following commands: “Add-VMNetworkAdapter –VMName (demo) –Name (demo)”.
In the command above, the first command "VMNetworkAdapter" is basic (you shouldn't change it). In the second command "VMName (demo)", change the word inside the bracket to the name of your virtual machine. Also, in the third command "Name (demo)”, replace the word in the bracket with the name of the virtual adapter you wish to enable.
So, the final code will appear like this: Add-VMNetworkAdapter –VMName finnest –Name finnestdopy.
Here, the virtual adapter "finnestdopy" was added to a Hyper-V virtual environment/machine named "finnest".
If a virtual "switch" is included, the CMDLET command will appear like this: ”Add-VMNetworkAdapter –VMName demo –SwitchName demo –Name demo”.
Here, "SwitchName" is accompanied by the name of your virtual switch. So, it looks like this: Add-VMNetworkAdapter –VMName finnest –SwitchName finnestken –Name finnestdopy.
This second command will simply add a virtual network adapter named finnestdopy to the "Finnest" virtual machine and then connect it (the adapter) to the "finnestken" virtual switch.
Method Two: Using Hyper-V Manager (GUI-based)
If you're not conversant with command-line-based commands, here's a GUI process to enable a Hyper-V network adapter in a Windows 10 virtual environment/machine.
- Click the search icon and enter “hyper-v manager”, then click on "Hyper-V Manager".
- Select the virtual machine you want to add/enable a network adapter and double-click to open.
- Now, go to Settings.
- Expand the "Hardware" option and select "Add Hardware".
- Click on "Network Adapter" and then click "Add".
- On the "Network Adapter" configurations page, enter the settings you wish for your network adapter.
- Click "Apply" and then "OK".
Note: if you click on "Remove", you will delete/remove the particular network adapter you opened. To further customize a network adapter, return to the virtual machine settings homepage and go to the "Network Adapter" section under "Hardware".
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