Screencasts / Windows 2008 / How to manage Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Remotely from Windows 7 in Workgroup

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a free standalone virtualization server. We have already demonstrated the installation and management of Hyper-V server 2008 in a series of Screencasts. The R2 release is an update to the Hyper-v Server 2008 which adds support for the following new key features:

- Support for up to 64 Logical Processors (up to 4 virtual processors per virtual machine)
- Host Clustering
- Live Migration
- Processor Compatibility Mode for live migration (live migration across different CPU versions within the same processor family)
- Improved network performance
- Improved VHD performance for dynamic and difference disks
- Hot Add/Remove of storage (VHDs and Pass Through Disks)
- Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) processor support
- Core Parking

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a suitable choice for the small and mid-sized business clients. There are cases when you would prefer to install and use the Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 as a standalone machine in a workgroup environment instead of as a member of a domain. This is where you will hit a problem when trying to connect and manage remotely your Hyper-V R2 server. You might get the following errors:

- “You do not have the required permissions to complete this task. Contact the administrator of the authorization policy for this computer”
- “An error occurred while attempting to connect to server. Check that the Virtual Machine Management service is running and that you are authorized to connect to the server”
- “RPC server unavailable. Unable to establish communication between …”

The scenario when you are using and managing Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 remotely from Windows 7 in a workgroup requires special attention and configuration on both sides – the managed Server and the managing Client.
In the following Step-by-Step Screencast we demonstrate an elegant, simple and easy to follow approach which will help you to configure correctly and manage remotely your Hyper-V R2 server from a Windows 7 workstation in a workgroup environment.

If you need to manage remotely Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 member of a workgroup, from a machine which is a member of a Domain, you have to logon with a local machine account.

For your convenience you can download the text file with the commands, which we use in the Screencast.

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