Using Remote Server Administration Tool for Hyper-V on a WorkGroup Environment

I have a couple of emails for a few months now since I last posted about using RSAT for Windows 7 to remotely administer Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V – mostly asking how to configure this on a WorkGroup environment (or without a Domain).

So first we must download and install RSAT

Bits are here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=7887

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After downloading, run the update:

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Accept the license terms:

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Click close when the installation is complete:

 

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To use RSAT, go to the control panel, Programs and Features and turn Windows Features on or off and check hyper-v tools.

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Check if the Hyper-v Manager is installed on your administrative tools

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In order to use RSAT on workgroup, I use the Hyper-V Remote Management Configuration Utility available at MSDN.

 

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http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/HVRemote/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=3084

Agreed!

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On download of the script,

On the Client Machine, open your Command Prompt in elevated context.

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Then run cscript hvremote.swf /mmc:enable

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then cscript hvremote.wsf /anondcom:grant

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Now on the server that has the Hyper-V role, run also the Command Prompt as an Administrator.

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add a user that would be used to connect from the client to the server. The user must have the same username in the Client and in this server. Another description is that we have to clone the user (username and password) in the client to the server.  Use Net User command:

net user <user> <password> /add

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Then execute the “cscript hvremote.swf /add:<user>:”

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Reboot both the client and server!

After rebooting.. Open your Hyper-V manager on the client and then click Connect to Server:

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Connect to another computer and type the server name of the Hyper-V server, click OK.

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That’s it. You now have your Remote Hyper-V manager:

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To summarize:

1. Download and install RSAT

2. Clone Users

3. Download and use hvremote.wsf on both Server and Client

4. Enjoy!

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John is currently creating digital assets that protects people and their future, a technical trainer and a full time geek specializing on development and deployment of innovations created with .NET framework on Windows platform as well as Windows infrastructure projects. He is the primary contact of the Philippine Windows Users Group, a contributor at the Microsoft Philippines Community forums and regularly conducts community sessions as well as other Microsoft technology events. John owns the Busy Saving The World Techblog.

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