Previously we have shown you how to add network adapter to Windows 10 Hyper-V virtual machine. In this post, we look at how to create Hyper-V Virtual Switch in Windows virtual machines.
Knowing how to create and manage Hyper-V virtual switches is a critical aspect of managing and maintaining your Hyper-V virtual machines. In this article, we will show you all the methods to configure and deploy Hyper-V virtual switches.
Follow the steps in this article to create Hyper-V virtual switches on Windows computers. There are two ways to do this, and we have listed both of them.
Steps to create Hyper-V virtual switch
1. Create virtual switch using Hyper-V Manager
- Creating virtual switches using the Hyper-V virtual manager is easy. Here is how to configure it.
- Open Hyper-V Manager on your Windows computer.
- From the right pane click on “Virtual Switch Manager” under Actions. It will open the Virtual Switch Manager wizard.
- In the wizard, choose the “New virtual network switch” option.
- Next, select the type of virtual switch you want to create. There are three types of the virtual switch which I have explained below.
Private Virtual Switch – This switch only allows communications between the connected VMs that are connected to the private virtual switch.
Internal Virtual Switch – This switch only allows communication between virtual adapter connected to connected Virtual Machines and the operating system.
External Virtual Switch – This switch allows communication outside the host. This is due to the switch being connected to a physical network adapter installed in the Hyper-V.
- Select you prefered type of virtual switch and click on Create Virtual Switch button.
- Name your new virtual switch.
- For Connection Type, select “External Network” and select the network connection from the drop-down menu.
- Check “Allow management operating system to share this network adapter” box. These options depend on the virtual switch type selected by the user.
- There is an option to enable “VLAN ID” for LAN identification. Leave it unchecked, if you don’t know what it does.
- Once done, click on Apply and OK to complete new virtual switch configuration.
2. Create Hyper-V virtual switch using PowerShell
- One advantage of using PowerShell to create a virtual switch is the automation it offers in the Hyper-V environment. It also expedites the process by creating virtuals switch with a few commands.
- Right-click on “Start” and select Windows PowerShell (admin).
- In the PowerShell window, enter the following command and hit enter:
- This command will show network adapters. Take note of the names.
- External Switch – The following command creates a new External switch. Make sure to replace switch name and network adapter name accordingly.
New-VMSwitch -name < switch name > -NetAdapterName < network adapter name > -AllowManagementOS $true
- Internal Switch – The following command creates a new Internal Switch. Make sure to replace the switch name and network adapter name accordingly.
New-VMSwitch -name < switch name > -SwitchType Internal
- Private Switch – The following command create a new Private Switch. Make sure to change the switch name and network adapter name accordingly.
New-VMSwitch -name < switch name > -SwitchType Private
- Execute any one of the above commands to create Hyper-V virtual switch.
These are the two ways to create Hyper-V virtual switch in Windows virtual environment. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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