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Managing Hyper-V from Vista SP1

Managing Hyper-V from Vista SP1

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HyperVMMCNow, I'll be honest here, I've been out of the office a hell of a lot recently, and haven't even had chance to upgrade my Hyper-V box from the beta to the Release Candidate that shipped last week!  I intend to get this done w/c 7th April, after a short holiday break!

One of the other things that I'll certainly be doing is installing the Hyper-V MMC on my Vista SP1 machine.  This will mean that I won't need to carry around a monitor with me to my presentations!  I'll be able to fire up the Hyper-V MMC direct from my laptop!  Happy days!

What is the Hyper-V MMC?  Well, I'm sure you're familiar with the Microsoft Management Console, with the latest version being version 3.0.  The Microsoft Management Console and it's relevant snap-ins are useful for managing different elements of your local, or remote systems.  In this case, the specific snap-in that you can install and enable is to remotely manage Hyper-V boxes.  Take note - it needs Vista SP1 - regular Vista just won't cut it.  You can, however, choose between x86 and x64 versions of Vista SP1.

Personally, I'll find this really useful, as it will save me lugging a monitor all over the place (although I will need to buy a X-over cable!) but, before the version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager ships with support for Hyper-V, this is going to be the best remote Hyper-V management solution for me right now.

Jeff, from the Microsoft Virtualisation blog, has already posted more information about this, and you can check out the full post here.  If you want to get straight into the action and download the MMC's, you can pick them up from here:

Once installed, open the MMC, click on 'Connect to Server' on the right hand side, and type in the name of your Hyper-V server, and you're good to go.

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