QNAP TS-653 Pro running Windows 10 VM with Virtual USB

What do you do when have three different things to look at (virtualization on the QNAP TS-659 Pro, Windows 10 Technical Preview and Virtual USB) and not enough time? Simple, throw them together for a quick ultra mini review. šŸ˜Ž During the QNAP TS-451 review we got a quick introduction to QNAP’s Virtualization Station. Coupled with VirtualHere USB Sharing and a USB WiFi adapter we attempted to install the 64-bit technical preview of Windows 10.

Create New Windows 10 VM Image

Create New Windows 10 VM Image

Confirm Windows 10 VM Settings

Confirm Windows 10 VM Settings

Windows 10 VM Installation

Windows 10 VM Installation

Windows 10 VM Windows Setup

Windows 10 VM Windows Setup

Windows 10 VM Apps Install

Windows 10 VM Apps Install

Windows 10 VM Start Screen

Windows 10 VM Start Screen

Once, Windows 10 was installed and running, VirtualHere was downloaded and installed.

VirtualHere Download

VirtualHere Download

VirtualHere

VirtualHere

VirtualHere USB Select

VirtualHere USB Select

VirtualHere USB Driver

VirtualHere USB Driver

Next was to share the WLAN adapter, Windows 10 picked it up and installed without issue.

Windows 10 VM Device Manager

Windows 10 VM Device Manager

Windows 10 VM WiFi Connection

Windows 10 VM WiFi Connection

And that was pretty much it. Windows 10 x64 running as a virtual machine on the QNAP TS-653 Pro using a WiFi USB adapter that was physically connected to the QNAP and passed through as a virtual device. The performance was fairly sluggish even with 4GB allocated to the VM. I have 8GB installed so may try it with more RAM allocated to speed things up. That said, if all I was using the Windows VM for was basic tasks where I didn’t have to interact with the GUI, it would be just fine.

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