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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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 itÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Windows 7 RC includes the files for the Hyper-V Host Integration Services and Windows 7 RC loves to be virtualized.