Hyper-V switch types
Hyper-V knows about 3 different types of switches:
These are bonded with a network interface on your Hyper-V host, and VMs with a virtual network card (NIC) attached to an external switch will be directly accessible from your normal network.
For instance, if your WiFi adapter is called
Ethernet 2, you can create a Hyper-V switch on the
Ethernet 2adapter, and any DHCP server on your WiFi network will assign a new IP address to every Hyper-V VM on your
Ethernet 2Hyper-V switch.
See this chapter or Chapter 2 for use of an external switch.
These switches create a network between your host and your Hyper-V VM, disconnected from any internal network.
If you create a new internal network, Windows will add a new (virtual) NIC to your host OS, but it will not be attached to any existing network.
Internal switches are not used in this tutorial.
These switches are like internal switches, but they do not create a new virtual NIC on your host OS.
They are useful when you want to have a private network among your VMs, which your host OS is not a part of.
See Chapter 5 for use of a private switch.
You can learn more about Hyper-V switches from Hyper-V: what are the uses for different types of virtual networks?)
Hyper-V installs a NAT switch called
see Hyper-V default switch for more information.