I have this CURRENT setup for two people to work:
- Vista computer running VM Ware Server 2.0
- Windows XP Virtual Machine running inside that host, accessed remotely via RDP
So, it's a single hardware PC with two systems running, one native and one virtual. Of course, the remote access requires some hardware also (in this case, an nComputing zero-client).
I want to change this to the following NEW setup:
- Same hardware, but system upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro with Hyper-V feature.
- Windows 7 Pro virtual machine inside that host, accessed remotely via RDP
My question is this: how can I make sure that the Win7 VM is available remotely at all times? The current VMWare Server runs "as a service", starts automatically at boot and keeps going even if no one is logged on at the host.
What about Windows 8 Hyper-V host? Is it able to startup VM's automatically at boot? Can it run VM's as a service, without requiring a user log on at the host?
Of course, I tried Googling for answers but it's confusing because it's hard to keep Google from finding lots of things regarding Windows Servers with Hyper-V... this is just Windows 8.
Thanks in advance for any answers!