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Cisco Offers Free Nexus 1000V Integrated Switch for Hyper-V

Hyper-V 3.0 on Windows Server 2012 offers a new feature called an extensible virtual switch.  This feature allows you to replace the Windows integrated virtual switch in Hyper-V with a third-party switch, such as the Cisco 1000V.  You can get a quick overview of Hyper-V extensible virtual switches here.

The Cisco 1000V virtual switch provides many advanced capabilities to Hyper-V VMs such as advanced switching (private VLANs, ACLs, PortSecurity, and Cisco vPath), security, monitoring, and manageability.  Best of all it’s free to download here!

The following information comes from Cisco’s Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for Microsoft Hyper-V website:

Features and Capabilities

The Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for Microsoft Hyper-V:

  • Offers consistent operational experience across physical, virtual, and mixed hypervisor environments
  • Reduces operational complexity through dynamic policy provisioning and mobility-aware network policies
  • Improves security through integrated virtual services and advanced Cisco NX-OS features

The following table summarizes the capabilities and benefits of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for Microsoft Hyper-V.
Capabilities Features Operational Benefits
Advanced Switching Private VLANs, Quality of Service (QoS), access control lists (ACLs), portsecurity, and Cisco vPath Get granular control of virtual machine-to-virtual machine interaction.
Security Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Snooping, Dynamic Address Resolution Protocol Inspection, and IP Source Guard Reduce common security threats in data center environments.
Monitoring NetFlow, packet statistics, Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN), and Encapsulated Remote SPAN Gain visibility into virtual machine-to-virtual machine traffic to reduce troubleshooting time.
Manageability Simple Network Management Protocol, NetConf, syslog, and other troubleshooting command-line interfaces Use existing network management tools to manage physical and virtual environments
The Cisco Nexus 1000V won the Best of Microsoft TechEd 2013 award in the Virtualization category.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Nexus 1000V extensible switch, I encourage you to view the following 2 hour session on CiscoLive365: BRKVIR-2017. – The Nexus 1000V on Microsoft Hyper-V: Expanding the Virtual Edge (2013 London).  Free registration is required.  Bennial also posted the PowerPoint slide deck for this session on ScribD here.

Get a Free Windows Azure One Month Pass

Microsoft is offering a free one month trial of their Windows Azure platform for you to use with no credit card required.  This is a great way to experience Microsoft’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) to see what it is and what it can potentially do for you.

PaaS delivers a computing platform (Windows) and a solution stack (your application) from the cloud for your business and/or customers.  Microsoft Azure offers both Windows and SQL as PaaS offerings.

The free offer website also has links to videos about the Azure cloud computing platforms, virtual labs, demos and more.

How to Use the Windows Mobile 6.1 Device Emulator

The Windows Mobile 6.1 Emulator is a software version of a Windows Mobile phone that you can use to test Windows Mobile applications, such as Exchange ActiveSync.  This tool is enormously helpful for testing, troubleshooting, and creating documentation.

The WM emulator has been around since about 1998, but disappeared for a while, due to some legal issues.  I remember using this tool at TechEd a few years ago in a session that taught you how to create applications for Windows Mobile.  It’s back now, with improved functionality and ease of use.

The emulator runs on top of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (a free download).  Virtual PC 2007 provides the hooks to the host operating system to provide network access and resource sharing.  This makes the emulator much simpler to configure than in the past.

You will need to download the following two packages from Microsoft:

Install Virtual PC 2007 first, accepting all the defaults in the setup wizard.  No further configuration of Virtual PC 2007 is required.

Next, install Windows Mobile 6.1. Emulator Images, accepting all the defaults in the setup wizard.

To configure the emulator, run it from Start > All Programs > Windows Mobile 6 SDK > Standalone Emulator Images > US English > WM 6.1 Professional.  Click File > Configure.  On the General tab, browse to your Desktop as the Shared Folder.  This will make your Desktop the external storage card on the emulator.  Now check the Network tab and check Enable NE2000 PCMCIA network adapter and bind to checkbox and click OK.  By now the emulator should have finish starting up. 

Use your mouse to configure a network connection on the emulator, as follows:

  • Click Start > Settings on the emulator.
  • Click the Connections tab and Connections.
  • Click the Advanced tab and Select Networks.
  • Select My Work Network in the top dropdown box
  • If you use a proxy server to access the Internet click Edit.  Click the Proxy Settings tab, configure your proxy settings.  Use the Advanced button to configure the proxy port, user name, password, and domain.  Click OK to get back to Network Management.
  • Click OK to return to Settings.
  • Click Network Cards.
  • In the My network card connects to dropdown box select Work
  • Click NE2000 Compatible Ethernet Driver.  Check to see that the NE2000 Ethernet Driver has received an IP address from your DHCP server, or configure the IP address and name servers here.  Click OK twice to return to Settings.
  • Close Settings.

Now test your Internet connectivity by clicking Start > Internet Explorer.  Enter, which will redirect to, as shown.

You can now use the WM 6.1 emulator just like a real hardware mobile device!  Use it to test Exchange ActiveSync, your company’s AutoDiscover record, or your custom applications.  The emulator runs the exact same code that Microsoft offers to device manufacturers.
There are several Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (touchscreen PocketPC) emulator images:
  • WM 6.1 Classic
  • WM 6.1 Professional (used in the screenshots above)
  • WM 6.1 Professional 240×240
  • WM 6.1 Professional 480×480
  • WM 6.1 Professional Square
  • WM 6.1 Professional Square QVGA
  • WM 6.1 Professional Square VGA
  • WM 6.1 Professional VGA

The Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard (non-touchscreen SmartPhone) emulator images include:

  • WM 6.1 Standard (shown below)
  • WM 6.1 Standard 400×240
  • WM 6.1 Standard 440×240
  • WM 6.1 Standard Landscape
  • WM 6.1 Standard QVGA
  • WM 6.1 Standard Square