Planning for Hyper-V Security

Speaking of security in a virtualized environment, Microsoft has published some useful security tips for planning Hyper-V security at

Here’s a short list of the security tips provided in that article:

  • Use a Server Core installation for the parent partition (host OS)
  • Do not run any applications in the parent partition (host OS)
  • Do not give virtual machine administrators permissions on the parent partition (host OS)
  • Ensure that virtual machines are fully updated before they are turned on in a production environment
  • Use a dedicated Network Interface Card (NIC) for management of the virtualization server (host OS)
  • Use Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect VM resources

These are some excellent suggestions that all Hyper-V admins can quickly put into place. Check out the full article for details of the implementation



Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSE
Sr. Consultant / Technical Writer
Prowess Consulting

PROWESS CONSULTING documentation | integration | virtualization
Email: [email protected]
MVP – Forefront Edge Security (ISA/TMG/IAG)

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