This article is about how to setup Kernel-Mode debugging in a VM using Visual Studio 2012. This article will be helpful for people new to driver development that wish to create, build, deploy, and debug a simple "HelloKernel". project.
The setup process can be divided to three parts:
- Setting up the Virtual Machine
- Setting up Visual Studio 2012
- Setting up your HelloKernel Project
Each part will be explained step by step.
How to Setup the Virtual Machine
The Virtual Machine setup was tested on VMWare 9.0 running Windows 7 x64 OS.
- Create a new VM, use default settings (tested on VmWare, Win7 x64)
- Add a serial port to the VM, follow these steps:
- Right click VM -> Settings -> Add -> Serial Port -> Output to named pipe
- Named pipe = \\.\pipe\com_2
- First Combobox = The end is the server
- Second Combobox = The other end is an application
- Connect at power on = Checked
- Yield CPU on poll = Checked
- In the VM, in an elevated Command Prompt window, enter the following commands:
- bcdedit /debug on
- bcdedit /dbgsettings serial debugport:2 baudrate:115200
- In Windows, search for "Manage advanced sharing settings":
- -Set "Turn on file and printer sharing"
- -Set "Turn off password protected sharing"
- In Windows, search for "Computer Management":
- -Local Users and Groups -> Users:
- -Administrator -> Right Click -> Properties -> Uncheck Account is disabled
- -Administrator -> Right Click -> Set Password -> Set your password
- Reboot the VM
How to Setup Visual Studio 2012
- Install Visual Studio 2012 and WDK 8.
- On the main toolbar, press Driver-> Test -> Configure Computers -> Add New Computer:
- Computer name = VM name
- Select Provision computer and choose debugger settings
- Connection Type = Serial
- Pipe = Checked
- Reconnect = Checked
- Port = \\.\pipe\com_2
- Target Port = com2
- Next -> Finish
(Don't worry if Status is Undetermined)
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