One of the issues I have come across working with virtualized environments is having a few architects all wanting to change virtual machine settings on the Hyper-V hosts at the same time. You ‘mstsc’ into the server and you either steal someone else’s session or your get in, and 20 seconds later the other architect shouts down the corridor “Gimme back my session”.

Yes, there are multiple methods for combating this; generally you should have your own session, username, etc but in the event that you have a huge farm and you want to deploy updates, upgrades, or make configuration changes, its beneficial to install the Hyper-V manager on your Windows 7 desktop/workstation. This way you can utilize all of the Hyper-V Management features that ship with Windows Server 2008 without the hassle of actually worrying about kicking people off the actual server.

Firstly, you’ll have to download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 which can be downloaded here. After the installation is complete, navigate to your Programs and Features setting in the Control Panel and turn on the feature. Ensure that you tick the Hyper-V Tools box. Its the one that installs the Hyper-V Management console.

Once completed, my suggestion would be to grab the Hyper-V Remote Management Configuration Utility as it makes the configuration simpler. There is also a post on TechNet that covers everything, including how to make manual configuration changes so that you can access the Hyper-V Host.

You can connect to multiple Hyper-V hosts which makes life so much easier as, in my case, we have a development environment at the office on Hyper-V and quite a few of the clients I interact with, use Hyper-V as their chosen virtualization platform.

Be cool my ninjas…