Windows Server Hyper-V Management Pack
Recently I was recreating my lab environment. At first I used Citrix XenServer on my lab server, a HP DL380, but now I want move to Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V. I want to make the best use of the available hardware resources, and I like working on the command line and PowerShell, so I’ve installed Windows 2012 R2 Core. After the installation is finished you are presented with nothing but a small black command line box.
To help you with the basic configuration of your Windows 2012 R2 Core installation Microsoft provides a small toolkit to get you up on your feet and running. This tool is called sconfig. This tool will let you perform some basic server configuration tasks.
As you can tell from image above I’ve already done some basic configurations, like changing the default computer name and the network configuration.
Before we begin let’s indentify what tasks we want to accomplish. I want to enable remote management, remote desktop access and last but not least I want to install the Hyper-V Server role to this server.
Let’s start with configuring Remote Management. I enable Remote Management by first entering number 4 and in the next menu I choose number 1.
A few moments later I am presented with this message. Telling me that Remote Management is no enabled on my new server. Within the Remote Management configuration menu I also see the option to let the server response to a Ping request. When I click on the Ok button I am back in the Remote Management menu. I now enter number 3 to configure the Ping response.
I receive a message asking me to confirm my choice for to allow remote machines to Ping this new server. I click on the Yes button.
The next task is to enable Remote Desktop connections to this server. To accomplish this task I return to the main menu and choose number 7.
I then choose to enable Remote Desktop and I choose the more secure option to only allow clients that run Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication. To make the server accessible thru Remote Desktop we have to change the Firewall settings.
With the following command line we open the Windows firewall to allow Remote Desktop connections to this server.
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote desktop" new enable=Yes
We are now done in the Server Configuration tool, so I exit this menu and turn to PowerShell for the other tasks I want to perform on this server.
In PowerShell I execute the following one-liner
Install-WindowsFeature –Name Hyper-V –IncludeManagementTools –Restart
After the server is back online you can use PowerShell to manage this server, here is a link to an site that provide information about managing an Hyper-V Server with PowerShell.
Now Hyper-V is installed I need to configure my laptop so I can remotely manage my new lab environment. These steps that I describe here are needed to manage a Hyper-V server Remotely in an workgroup environment. In a production environment you most likely have a Windows domain setup, and these steps are not necessarily.
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