How to Forward HTTP Requests in Windows 8 to a Hyper-V VM

Complicated title - that's pretty much, what I was looking for on Google, yet with only little success. At first, I found some instructions for Windows Server 2008R2 and 2012. After modifying the search query, some instructions for exporting a network connection in VMWare showed up. There were plenty of tutorials, but none of them quite what I was looking for.

The story:

I have created a virtual machine on my Windows 8 via Hyper V and installed the Ubuntu 13.10 Beta. It runs nicely - full screen is missing, but except that, everything works. I have a default LAMP-Stack installed in Ubuntu, and also some CMSs set up, where I try to do something out of it. While this works great on my machine directly and I can do everything, it isn't possible for others from the same LAN, to access that CMS. So the question was, ...

How can others connect to my VM?

After the described less successful attempts to find the answer on Google, I stopped for a moment to think. I remembered, that I'm using putty for tunnelling connections over the network AND - guess what. Putty can also accept connections from remote hosts.

To use Putty to forward requests from remote hosts to the VM you can do the following:

  1. Type in Host Name (or IP address) and make sure that your VM has an SSH-Daemon running
  2. Set up forwarding in Connection->SSH->Tunnels
  3. Check the box "Local ports accept connections from other hosts"
  4. Open the connection and log-in
  5. You might get a warning from your firewall, about putty opening a port. Just allow it and you are finished.
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