Configure Hyper-V for Remote GUI and Console Management

If you administrate a Hyper-V environment that has been deployed on Windows Core Edition Hosts, or if you’re required to manage multiple Hyper-V clusters remote management will make life easier for you. Configuring the option to use the GUI Hyper-V Manager application installed on your workstation to control remote servers is a straight forward process that only takes a few minutes.

The first step is to install the Hyper-V Management Tools. Right-click on the Windows Start button and select Apps and Features. Toward the bottom of the screen click on Programs and Features. On the left, click Turn Windows Features On or Off. Scroll through the list until you locate Hyper-V, expand it, select Hyper-V Management Tools, then click the OK button.

Now we’ll need to configure the Hyper-V hosts to allow the remote management connections. If you intend to control a multi-host cluster perform the following steps on each node. First open an elevated PowerShell console and run:
Enable-PSRemoting -Force -SkipNetworkProfileCheck

If your workstation is on a different domain than the Hyper-V host(s), you will need to configure CredSSP delegation. Note: the Hyper-V Manager for Windows 8.1 and earlier is only capable of connecting to hosts on the same domain as the workstation itself. In the PowerShell Console you opened on the host run:
Enable-WSManCredSSP -Role server

Now you’ll need to configure your workstation to send delegated credentials. Open an elevated PowerShell console and run:
Set-Item WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts -Value “fqdn-of-hyper-v-host”
Depending on the current configuration of your workstation, you may have to respond with a “Y” to multiple prompts to complete this process.

Now configure your workstation as a CredSSP client. In the same PowerShell console run:
Enable-WSManCredSSP -Role client -DelegateComputer “fqdn-of-hyper-v-host”
Depending on the current configuration of your workstation, you may have to respond with a “Y” to multiple prompts to complete this process.

The configuration is done. Now all that is left is to connect the Hyper-V Manager. Open it from your workstation’s start menu and right-click on the Hyper-V Manager header in the left menu. Then click Connect To Server.

Enter the name of the Hyper-V host you wish to connect to and then use the Set-User button to specify your credentials. Click the OK button.

About Kevin Trent

IT professional with almost 30 years of experience in Infrastructure, Architecting, Administration, Development, and Communications.

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