To begin with I wrote a blog set about how to create an Android 4.4 R5 VM. Shortly after completing those posts, I stumbled across Android 5.1 RC1. Many of you might be asking why a Microsoft Endpoint Manager Configuration Manager (MEMCM / MECM / SCCM / ConfigMgr ) admin would use Android VMs? The answer is simple. I want to test ConfigMgr, Intune and all the cool features of Mobile Application Management (MAM) without having to use a physical device! Who want a tons of Android tables vs having VMs to test one.

By the way, to create the VM itself, the steps are exactly the same for the Android 5.1 RC1 as they are for the Android 4.4 R5. If you want to read more about how to create the VM, check out my earlier blog post.

This post will take you through the steps on how to create an Android 5.1 RC1 VM.

How to Install Android 5.1 RC1 on Hyper-V

1. Download Android 5.1 RC1.

How to Setup Android 5.1 RC1 on Hyper-V-Step 2

2. Start the VM, and then select Installation.

How to Setup Android 5.1 RC1 on Hyper-V-Step 3

3. Create a new partition.

How to Setup Android 5.1 RC1 on Hyper-V-Step 4

4. Then select No for GPT.

How to Setup Android 5.1 RC1 on Hyper-V-Step 5

5. Select New.

How to Setup Android 5.1 RC1 on Hyper-V-Step 6

6. Select Primary.

Setting partition to full size

7. At this time, use the full hard drive size.

Making the partition bootable.

8. Select Bootable.

How to Setup Android 5.1 RC1 on Hyper-V-Step 9

9. Select Write.

Select partition for Android

10. Type yes.

Select partition for Android

11. Select Quit.

Creating Android 5.1 RC1 partition

12. Select OK.

Selecting disk format option

13. Select ext3.

Formatting to ext3 on the Android 5.1 Rc1

14. Select Yes.

Setup Android 5.1 RC1 GRUB loader

15. Select Yes to install boot loader GRUB.

Setup of EFI on the VM.

16. Select Skip for EFI GRUB2.

Configuring Debugging Android option

17. Select No to the system directory.

Competing the Install of Android VM.

At this point, I like to reboot the VM to make sure everything is working great. Don’t forget to remove the ISO before rebooting.

Final thoughts

Technically, the Android VM is installed at this point, but you still need to configure it. In tomorrow’s blog post I will take you through those steps.

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