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Virtual Switch

Virtual machines require a virtual switch for any kind of communication. Most common is the external switch, which is connected to a physical network adapter to access a physical network. Windows Server 2012 supports Single-Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) and different switch extensions, which we’ll explain in a later chapter in detail.

Less popular are the internal virtual network, in which the communication is limited between the host and virtual machines, and the private virtual network, in which only the virtual machines on the same host can communicate with each other. Keep in mind that both switch types are not very useful in a ...


Cover of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide


How to configure a virtual switch.