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How to Create a VM for Android 4.4 R5

By Garth Jones

Over four blog posts, I will show you how to create an Android virtual machine (VM) and provide you with some helpful tips.

You can use an Android VM to test Intune stand-alone, ConfigMgr hybrid or Mobile Application Management (MAM). Currently Android is the only one that will work with Hyper-V or VMware server.

I find it extremely useful to use a VM instead of a physical device to do testing because you can create as many VMs as you want without any extra cost.

In this first part, I will show you how to create the VM itself without installing Android. I know this might seem like an easy task, and it is, as long as you remember that you MUST use Hyper-V Generation 1.

How to Create a VM for Android 4.4 R5-New

First, starting within the Hyper-V Manager start by clicking on New and then Virtual Machine…

How to Create a VM for Android 4.4 R5-Specify Name and Location

Next, name your VM, select the appropriate directory, and then click Next.

How to Create a VM for Android 4.4 R5-Specify Generation

Make sure you that you select Generation 1, then click Next.

How to Create a VM for Android 4.4 R5-Assign Memory

At this step, I assigned 1024 MB for my Android VM instead of the default 512. Click Next.

How to Create a VM for Android 4.4 R5-Configure Networking

On the Configure Networking page, select a virtual switch to use. In this case, my virtual switch is called VM. Click Next.

How to Create a VM for Android 4.4 R5-Connect Virtual Hard Disk

Create a 4 GB VHD for your Android VM, then click Next.

How to Create a VM for Android 4.4 R5-Installation Options 

Although this is an optional step, I’m going to attach the Android ISO to this VM now, so that I can install the Android OS once the VM is created. Click Next.

How to Create a VM for Android 4.4 R5-Finish 

Click Finish to complete the VM.

In tomorrow’s blog post, I will show you how to install Android 4.4 R5 on this VM.