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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hyper-V Manager GUI on Server Core

 

In today post, we are exploring on a new tool to get Hyper-V Manager snap-in GUI running on Server Core. As everyone understand, that in Server Core the graphical user interface is limited and we can leverage on using Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 to do conversion of installation from Server Core to Minimal Interface or GUI. However, let say you do not want to convert to GUI and reboot the server, there is a useful tool called Powershell Hyper-V Manager (PSHVM30) is available at codeplex for you to run Hyper-V Manager GUI.

Note:- No installation is require

Once you’ve downloaded the zip files, copy it to your Server Core machine and execute this command:-

PS .\hyperv.ps1

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A GUI will appear and you can perform actions as listed below. Once you perform an action, it will trigger PowerShell to perform the action.

Some Hyper-V action that you can perform by using this tools:-

  • Start/Stop/ Connect to VM
  • Manage VM DVD ISO
  • Remove or Rename VM
  • Edit VM – RAM/vCPU Count
  • Create new VM with new VHD
  • Create new VM with existing VHD
  • Create/ Attach new VHD to VM
  • Attach/Remove VHD
  • Export VM
  • Import VM
  • Perform VM network action

Some screenshot (click the thumbnail to view)

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An Additional tools which available:-

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Others functionality:-

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You can use this tool to create

a) Teaming and Virtual Switch

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b) View Hyper-V Host and Virtual Machine Report – unavailable

Do check out this tool. Enjoy!

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