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Administer Hyper-V from Windows XP

December 28, 2009 3 comments

Windows XP is still by far most used operating system worldwide as you can see  here and here.  Also, virtualization is one of the most popular technologies and a lot of companies use Hyper-V as their virtualization solution. So then they have many XP clients (and licenses of course) which they would most likely want to use for remote administration of Hyper-V servers. Of course, Remote desktop can be used for that purposes in many different ways because Hyper-V allows administrators to define role-based access control for Hyper-V by using Authorization Manager. But let’s put that one aside, an let’s imagine that someone would like to use something similar to Hyper-V Remote Management Update for Windows Vista or Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7.

Ok, so in that case everyone can try Hyper-V management console; a small tool that can be installed on Windows XP, Windows 2003, 2008, Vista or Windows 7. Tool is rather easy to set up, you just need to enter names of your Hyper-V servers and that’s it. After that, from Windows XP you have :

  • Ability to monitor multiple Hyper-V servers
  • Ability to monitor all virtual machines
  • Ability to change state of virtual machines
  • Ability to delete, rename virtual machines
  • Ability to create, delete & apply snapshots
  • Ability to RDP to virtual machines
  • Ability to Import/Export virtual machines
  • Audit user activity
  • Display of virtual machines in List or Tree Views
  • Control of user rights to high degree of granularity

Where can I download the tool and how to install it?

  • Download the tool from here. Run HyperVConsoleSetup.msi. 
  • Choose administrative install. After that click only Next couple of times and then Finish. 
  • Run Hyper-V Management Console shortcut in your Start Menu. 

***Note: This is evaluation version so you’ll have ability to manage only two servers/VM’s   

  • After opening tool just right-click on Hyper-V Managers then  click on Connect to server and enter name of your Hyper-V server.
  • Click on following pictures to see how does the tool look like and what can you do with it.

 

 

 

 

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