Byte25 Virtual Appliance Download & Installation

The Byte25 Virtual Appliance is a fully functional appliance providing comprehensive visibility of your network performance, application experience and cyber security threats across your entire infrastructure.


Byte25 Virtual Appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V

The Byte25 Virtual Appliance file is a aipped virtual hard disk (VHD) image file suitable for installation on Hyper-V. (The zipped VHD image is around 2.4GB)

Installing Byte25 Virtual Appliance for Hyper-V

1. Download and Unzip the VHD file

 Once downloaded, the virtual hard disk needs to be unzipped such that it can be installed into Hyper-V Manager

2. Get Hyper-V up and running 

Run the following command in PowerShell to ensure Hyper-V is enabled on your machine.  

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All 


If error message ‘The requested operation requires elevation’ is displayed, this indicates Hyper-V is already installed. 

Once installed, open Hyper-V Manager 

 3. Add local machine as server 

Your machine needs to be added as a server to house and install the virtual machine on. Do so by clicking on: 

      1. ‘Hyper-V Manager’ in left menu bar 
      2. ‘Connect to server…’ in actions menu bar on right 
      3. ‘Local Computer’ 
      4. ‘OK’. 

Finally click on the added server under the left menu bar. 

 4. Add a virtual switch to server

A virtual switch needs to be added so when the VM is installed, it has internet access. Add the virtual switch by selecting: 

      1. ‘Virtual Switch Manager…’ under the actions menu bar on the right (ensure your local machine is the selected server on the left menu bar) 
      2. ‘New virtual network switch’ in left menu bar
      3. ‘External’ 
      4. ‘Create Virtual Switch’
      5. Choose an appropriate name for the virtual switch
      6. Select the network interface/ device with internet access
      7. Click ‘Apply’
 5. Add the virtual hard disk to Hyper-V Manager 

Hyper-V should now be setup and configured to install the VHD image that was downloaded and unzipped in step 1. Hyper-V Manager’s setup wizard will be used to install the VM. Do so by following: 

      1. Under the actions menu bar on right, click ‘New’ followed by ‘Virtual Machine…’ (ensure your local machine is the selected server on the left menu bar) 
      2. Add an appropriate name for VM
      3. Select generation 1
      4. Depending on your system specifications, choose start-up memory of 4096 MB (required) or 8192 MB (recommended)
      5. Select the recently added switch for the ‘Connection’ dropdown
      6. Select ‘Use an existing virtual hard disk’ and locate the extracted VHD image from step 1
      7. Select ‘Finish’
     5. Start the newly added VM

    Now that the VM has been successfully added to Hyper-V Manager, it is ready to start. 

        1. Select the newly added VM under the central ‘Virtual Machines’ window
        2. Select ‘Start’ under the right-hand side menu


    If you encounter any issues with installation and configuration, please contact Byte25 support at We are always happy to assist and organise a remote desktopor teams session to help you get up and running with a minum of fuss.