How to run AX2012 HyperV on Virtualbox (Step by step guide)

First post of (hopefully) many. I got a good response on this - so I thought I would share with a wide audience.
This post is for anyone wanting to run a HyperV image on their desktop/laptop. As far as I know Microsoft will only release HyperV images in future but this could help you.
Download virtual box and the extension pack.

2.       Once you have installed, create a new virtual machine.

3.       Select Windows 2008 64bit

4.       Allocate a good portion of memory (4GB recommended)

5.       Un-tick the boot Hard Disk. Add disks manual after the wizard is finished.

6.       Click on your new virtual image settings

7.       Navigate to Storage
Add hard disks by clicking the disk icon – then “Choose existing disk”
Repeat this step for all 3 vhd files.
·         AX5-W8R2-01.vhd
·         AX5-W8R2-01_DB.vhd
·         AX5-W8R2-01_PF.vhd

8.       After you have finished. Settings should look like this:

9.       Start your image

Configure sharepoint 
After you have managed to get it to start, there are a couple other things to be aware of:
1.       Start the AOS by going to the windows services and start manually
2.       All seems to work except for Enterprise Portal
To fix this modify your hosts file “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\Hosts”
Open this file with notepad and add in the line
It should look like this:

3.       When you run a report - it will be slow on first run. Don't kill it; leave it for a few minutes. Mine took ~4minutes to run first time. After that, it is very responsive. Standard SSRS caching.


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  • Exact error message is: VT-x/AMD-V hardware acceleration has been enabled, but is not operational. You 64-bit guest will fail to detect a 64-bit CPU and will not be able to boot.

    Please ensure thet you have enabled vt-x/AMD-V propert in the BIOS of tour host computer.

  • I have the same problem as Mahmoud. Upon starting I get some error message about a VT-x/AMD hardware accelaration which is not operational on the guest system. Any suggestions?

  • informations :

    OS : Windows 7 ( 32 bit )

    Virtualbox V : 4.1.6 with Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.1.6-74713

    i made all configuration as you explained above . but when i run the VPC it runs successfuly without any errors message and the "windows is loading files " screen appears and re-opened again Constantly without any progress .

    can you help me?

    Note: when i select the OS i can not find the windows 2008 ( 64 bit) only windows 2008 appears.

  • Is it taking time to be started ?

  • Hi,

    I installed it on Virtualbox. It is actually running a lot faster than on Hyper-V. Go figure MS :-)

    Also, for any given reasons, I cannot run the VM Fullscreen on Hyper. I had to use TS...

    But on VBox, Perfectly runs on Fullscreen.

    Tks a lot for the tip!