Hyper-V Loves Windows 7 Release Candidate

So today I built a Windows 7 Build 71000 (RC) Hyper-V virtual machine for a lab environment at work.

Once the install finished, I was surprised to see that the NIC in the VM was already up and had stolen an IP address from DHCP (I wanted to make it static, but never mind).

The reason I was surprised was that in Server 2008 (R1) and Windows Vista the NIC doesn’t appear – You need to install the Host Integration Services (Microsoft’s version of VMWare Tools) to make the drivers get in there.

I went into the Services Manager to check that I hadn’t already installed it and somehow had a brain fit, but the services where listed. I checked the Event Logs for Windows Installer messages thinking I surely could not have forgotten that already and sure all hell, there was nothing.

So there you have it….Windows 7 RC includes the files for the Hyper-V Host Integration Services and Windows 7 RC loves to be virtualized.


Richard works as a Cloud Consultant for Fordway Solution where his primary focus is to help customers understand, adopt and develop with Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and System Center. Richard Green is an IT Pro with over 15 years' of experience in all things Microsoft including System Center and Office 365. He has previously worked as a System Center consultant and as an internal solutions architect across many verticals. Outside of work, he loves motorbikes and is part of the orange army, marshaling for NGRRC, British Superbikes and MotoGP. He is also an Assistant Cub Scout Leader.