Finding a cross-platform virtualisation solution to work with both Mac and Windows is not too difficult. There are not than many options to choose from. But throw Vagrant and Docker into the mix and it can be a frustrating experience. Find out how to run Hyper-V, VirtualBox and VMWare Windows virtualisation together, on the same computer using multiple boot entries.
In my move away from VMware workstation I’ve been using Hyper-V more and more for virtual machines but I’ve come across a problem only recently. DNS resolution and internet browsing is noticeably slower with many pages not being able to be viewed at all. So after much frustration I decided to tackle this problem today and I found something unexpected. Along with the new Fall Creators Update released at the tail end of 2017 is a new Hyper-V NAT switch called Hyper-V (Default Switch).
There are tools such as Solarwinds V2V that convert from one virtual disk format to another. However I wanted to see if it was possible to convert disk formats with PowerShell. You can do it. With Microsoft tools. But unfortunately not directly. The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter is Microsoft’s version of the VMware Virtual Machine Converter. However Microsoft’s tool will not allow you to convert VMware Workstation virtual machines directly and instead forces you to convert the hard disk in PowerShell and setup the new virtual machine in Hyper-V directly and attach the newly converted virtual hard disk.