Information and announcements from Program Managers, Product Managers, Developers and Testers in the Microsoft Virtualization team.
With the release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1, we have once again raised the bar for providing a robust, enterprise class virtualization platform at no cost. For example, did you realize that Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1 includes RemoteFX? This new feature provides Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) accelerated video within a virtual machine. VMware's flagship product VSphere Enterprise Plus ($3500 per processor) doesn't have this capability.
Let that sink in for a moment.
GPU accelerated video within a virtual machine is an important consideration when architecting a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment. Perhaps you decide you're willing to deploy VDI using 2D virtualized video today. But what if you realize six months or a year down the road that you need 3D GPU accelerated graphics support? Do you really want to choose a virtualization platform for VDI that doesn't offer this capability today? Is VMware willing to provide this feature without requiring an upgrade ($$$)? In writing? If you review their history, that seems highly unlikely. These are key factors that you should consider when making a decision for VDI.
For more info on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and R2 SP1, check out these two blogs:
Microsoft Hyper-V Server User Experience
If you've ever fired up the no-cost Hyper-V Server, you know that the UI is minimal. This is by design. The goal of Hyper-V Server is to make it easy for you to get the system configured and on the network for remote management. There's no Start menu or local GUI. Hyper-V Server instead includes a command line and SCONFIG, which is included to make it easy for you to configure the system for remote management functionality, such as:
Here's a screenshot of SCONFIG:
Once you've configured Hyper-V Server for remote management, you can manage it in a number of ways:
While these options work for most of you, a number of folks have asked for a local GUI that could be run directly on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.
Wouldn't that be cool?
We think so too. That's exactly what our partners at 5nine built!
5Nine Hyper-V Manager
The folks at 5Nine have developed a local GUI for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2! With the 5Nine Hyper-V Manager you can create virtual machines, virtual networks, and more. In fact, 5Nine Hyper-V Manager supports Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1 and includes the ability to manage RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory settings.
Here's a screenshot of the 5nine Hyper-V Manager:
Very cool. This is a great opportunity to point out what can be accomplished using the public Hyper-V WMI APIs which have been documented since day one.
Here are the key links:
Windows Server & Cloud
Q: Did Microsoft develop this Hyper-V Manager for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2?
A: No. The product is called 5Nine Hyper-V Manager developed by our partners at 5Nine. To learn more about 5Nine Hyper-V Manager you should check out their site here: http://www.5nine.com/5nine-manager-for-hyper-v-free.aspx
Q: How much does the 5Nine Hyper-V Manager cost? What are the system requirements?
A: 5Nine offers both a free version and a $99 version. You should check out their website for the details. The big difference is that the $99 version provides local access to the VM itself.
Note: 5Nine Hyper-V Manager works with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and later. It doesn't work with the original Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 because it requires some capabilities not included Hyper-V Server 2008, such as .NET Framework.
Q: Does Microsoft support the 5Nine Hyper-V Manager?
A: The 5Nine Hyper-V Manager was developed by the folks over at 5Nine, however, the 5Nine Hyper-V Manager uses our published Hyper-V WMI APIs, which are fully supported by Microsoft.
Q: Will Microsoft provide a local GUI?
A: Microsoft provides multiple ways to manage Microsoft Hyper-V Server remotely including:
Microsoft has no plans to provide a local GUI for Microsoft Hyper-V Server, and we are pleased to see our partners provide a solution.
This product (vtCommander) was originally developed by VT Technology Inc. (http://www.vttechnology.com)
5nine Manager also has very useful Hyper-V real-time Monitoring capabilities
VTCommander (aka 5Nine Hyper-V Manager) is an excellent product for managing production environments with Hyper-V. If you are looking for a better, more cost effective solution than VMWare and don't need the extra features of Windows 2008 Server, run VTcommander with Hyper-V Server.
I assume they will add more Hyper-V Monitoring and Capacity Planning capabilities in future releases...
5nine has released version 2.0 today. It indeed has very nice Hyper-V monitoring and troubleshooting, as well as several features very useful for Hyper-V cluster management...
i really impress with 5nine manager its helpful for monitoring capabilities.
FYI-New FREE version of 5nine Managerfor Hyper-V is now available
Also FULL version with agentless anti-virus is at
It works on Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
It seems that 5nine released a new product and it’s now distributing Microsoft RDC (Terminal Services Client) binaries with it. More specifically, their product installer simply copies 2 Microsoft DLLs mstscax.dll and msacm32.dll to their program directory.
Is it legal to distribute aforementioned Microsoft Components that are part of the Windows OS , but are not part of free Hyper-V Server? What is Microsoft standing on this matter?
We are double-checking the related Microsoft EULAs now. If such use is not allowed - we simply will not copy these files, and advice users to install required Microsoft Framework(s). Thanks!
I checked this new FREE version of 5nine Manager for Hyper-V. This is not a product described in the post. It’s funny that they are not only distributing parts of the commercial Windows by wrapping them into their own user interface but also advertising their intention to advise customers on how to change functionality level of Microsoft free Hyper-V product by ‘installing the required Microsoft Framework(s)’. Would these Frameworks be Microsoft Windows by any chance? LOL :-)
We are checking with Micorsoft Legal on re-distributionb of these components. If adviced - will revert setup to its previous version and remove this framework. 5nine Software
Not sure what the issue is. Redistributable DLL is a DLL that is allowed to be redistributed by a third party as part of its own software.
Could not find any restrictions in Microsoft Hyper-V Server licence agreement
Andreas asked Microsoft about very specific DLLs (mstscax.dll and msacm32.dll). Who said that these DLLs are redistributable in a first place? Can we start copying these or any other Windows DLLs to free Hyper-V Server only since these DLLs are installed or can be updated with the commercial Windows?
What Frameworks 5nine is talking about that can be installed to in order to redistribute these DLLs? Can Microsoft please comment on these questions?
Looks like a 'competitor' post(s). :-). Too much knowledge of a specific functionality and 2 DLLs :-). While all of
those are irrelevant.
As we know - msacm32.dll can be easily replaced by a custom stub.
Previous version of 5nine Manager used both these DLL's you can simply address to the document which is still available for interested users as a PDF:-).
This does not seem to be 5nine Focus anyway, so the issue is mutt.
Off al of these utilities are to promote Hyper-V anyway.
To avoid any questions - we have removed these 2 mentioned DLLs from
the installation. Now 5nine Manager for Hyper-V setup does not install
these Win components and we are using custom stub. Thanks.