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Windows 8 with Hyper-V client running TFS 2012 system on my new i7 Macbook Pro

Problems and Solutions

Using Mac bootcamp I installed Windows 8 on my new Macbook Pro 15" (not a retina screen version), which has OS X 10.8.2, 2.6 Ghz Core i7 with 8 GB RAM.  I followed the simple procedure outlined here.

The first problem I had was that a working wireless device driver wasn't provided. I had to find and download it myself. After some difficulty and time I was able to get the wireless working fine (5G only) after downloading the Broadcom driver. I then installed and setup a full TFS 2012 Update 1 system as  a Windows 8 Hyper-V client virtual machine. This included SharePoint Server 2010 ENT, SSRS and SSAS on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2: everything, except for Lab Management.  The Apple hardware and OS is truly awesome! Also, after some getting used to, I really like the new Windows 8 UI.

The second problem was no support for an external display. The mini display port was not supported by the default with Mac bootcamp. This was solved by downloading and installing the NVIDIA GEFORCE R304 Driver here

Finally, after it seemed all was working, the Macbook Pro display darkened significantly when using the external monitor and perhaps as a result of the NVIDIA adaptor driver: I’m not sure. I fixed this by turning off the Windows 8 automatic screen brightness adjustment. This can be done by going to Settings, Change PC Settings, General and under the Screen setting, change the “Adjust my screen brightness automatically” to “Off.”


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