Hi all, this my first blog of what I will try to make a weekly column. I know I'll miss some times but I'll try for that. Welcome back to Bill Gates as Technical Advisor. This is hopefully a positive for the Windows Embedded Domain. Also, with all of the talk about the "Internet of Things (IOT), the question has been asked, is Will become of Microsoft's Embedded Division become the IOT team? (Mary Jo Foley, ZDnet, "Microsoft staffs up its evolving Internet of Things team".) Hopefully not.
My development workstation in an 64 Bit Intel I7 system running Windows 8, (which could be Windows 8.1) as I make use of Hyper-V enabled for OS virtualisation. The actual development OS runs as Hyper-V Virtual Machine (VM) and the target vCEPC also runs as a VM on the same system. By having the development system as a VM has a number of advantages:
I have a Hyper-V Windows 7 VM that I use for Windows CE/Compact development. When I want to start a new project or install a new version of CE/Compact for development, especially if trialling a CTP, I just clone that, uninstall the OS Platform Builder and possibly its version of Visual Studio, then do a complete installation of the new development environment (Visual Studio and the required OS development plugins.) Note that you can tweak the RAM, Storage and number of CPUs of a VM when it is shutdown. You might need to do this when adding a new VM.
Whilst you can connect directly from Hyper-V Manager, it is better to Remote Desktop into it. You get better control over the screen size and you can copy and paste into it. You can't copy and paste with the Hyper-V connection. You will though need to use the Manager connection once to configure the Remote Desktop access etc.
· 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
· A 64-bit version of Windows 8 OS (or 8.1), also Windows Server 2008+
· 4GB RAM How-To
1. Run Control Panel – Programs and Features
2. Turn Windows Features On and Off (on left)
3. Select Hyper-V and its two subcomponents
4. Save and reboot the machine 5. You then need to configure the Hyper-V Virtual Network (another story)
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