How to run a Microsoft Ax 2012 Hyper-V on VirtualBox

  • November 25, 2011

For the moment Microsoft provides us with with demo-VPC’s for Windows Server Hyper-V. In this post I will describe step-by-step how you can run the same vhd with VirtualBox on your Windows Client.

Before you begin:

Make sure that Hardware Virtualization is enabled on your machine. To check if this setting you can Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool from Microsoft.

Install the latest version of Oracle VirtualBox:

Download the Microsoft Ax 2012 Hyper-V:

Create a new Virtual Machine based on the Hyper-V VHD

  • Create a new Virtual Machine

  • Enter the name of your Virtual Machine and Select ‘Windows Server 2008 (64 bit)’ as the version
  • Allocate memory to the Virtual Machine (minimum 4GB or 4096MB)
  • Untick the ‘Boot Hard Disk’ checkbox. We will add the Virtual Hard Disk manually when the wizard is finished.
  • Finish the wizard
  • Click on Settings
  • Navigate to the Storage section
  • Add a hard disk and choose ‘Existing Hard Disk’
  • Navigate to the Network section
  • For the first Adapter select ‘Internal Network’
  • For the second Adapter select ‘Bridged Adapter’ (only if you need internet access in your Virtual Machine)
  • After you have finished these steps the settings will look like this

Now you should have a fully functional Demo-VPC with Microsoft Dynamics Ax 2012 🙂


Have Fun!


Possible issue:

When you add 2 Demo VHD’s you could get an error concerning the uuid of the VHD file. You can easily change the uuid withe the following command:
VBoxManage internalcommands sethduuid “[PATH TO THE VHD FILE]AX2012-A.vhd”