Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to Install Hyper-V Manager on Windows 8

When remotely managing virtual machines on a Hyper-V server, the client version should match the server version to keep pace with the changes and updates to Hyper-V. Using Windows 8 to manage Hyper-V 2012, for example, results in access to the full feature set but provides only a reduced set of Hyper-V 2012 R2 features. On the other hand, Hyper-V Manager on Windows 7 may not be able to connect to a Hyper-V 2012 R2 server at all. Here's how to set up Hyper-V manager on Windows 8 or 8.1.

Setting up Hyper-V is rather simple and everything needed is included in the Windows 8 installation.

Start by right-clicking on the Start Menu.

Select Programs and Features.

Click Turn Windows features on or off on the left hand side of the window.

Click the checkbox next to Hyper-V and click OK.

When the install is complete, click Restart now to restart the computer.

After the computer restarts, Hyper-V Manager can be found under Administrative Tools.

In Hyper-V Manager, right-click on Hyper-V Manager and select Connect to Server... to connect to the Hyper-V server. That's it... now you can remotely manage Hyper-V severs and their VMs.

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