This was driven by the desire to not have to install VM software when Windows 8 Professional has a perfectly functional VM built right in as a first class citizen.
The basic changes between this and the stock Warrior VirtualBox image are that this has a newer kernel to support the faster Hyper-V networking card and the disk images were converted to vhd rather than vmdk. Its a shame Hyper-V can’t just import the ova file but I think I’ve made it just about as easy as it can get without the need to install VirtualBox.
- Extract the zip file downloaded above.
- First Open the Hyper-V manager and create a new Virtual Switch if you do not already have one setup.
- Click on Virtual Switch Manager, Select External and then click Create Virtual Switch.
- The defaults should be fine so just click OK.
- Import the Warrior Virtual Machine
- In the Hyper-V Manager select Import Virtual Machine and click next.
- Browse for the ArchiveTeam Warrior folder you extracted in step 1 and click next.
- Select the ArchiveTeam Warrior and click next.
- I recommend either the Restore or Copy option but any of the 3 options will work.
- Continue Clicking Next until finished, If you named your Virtual Switch something other than “New Virtual Switch” it will prompt you for a Virtual Switch, Select the name you used for the switch. You should now be able to click finish.
- Start and connect to your Warrior VM to verify it is running properly.
- The Boot splash screen glitch out, hit Alt + -> and then Alt + <-
- The Warrior VM is not set to autostart, this can be changed in the management settings under Automatic Start Actions