This is the first of a multi-part article on how to run a SQL test lab on a laptop. To begin, we must first enable Windows’ hyper-V feature. Hyper-V is included with Windows 10, however it is turned off by default. We can utilize the GUI, PowerShell, or the command line to enable HyperV.
With the Cloud at our disposal and a myriad of virtual Labs available, setting up a lab in this day and age is like reinventing the wheel. (MSDN membership, AWS free credits, additional offers) Both Azure and AWS provide free credits up to the tune of $150/mo or $100/mo to test their products, but sometimes your desire to build from the ground up takes over and you plunge in without a second thought.