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Monday, November 14, 2011

Running Hyper-V Monitor Gadget in Windows Server 2008 R2


In windows Server 2008 R2, you cannot add gadget into Windows Server 2008 R2 as similar as Windows Vista or Windows 7. By default, Windows Sidebar is not a feature on Windows Server 2008 R2. Therefore, Hyper-V Monitor Gadget only can use on Windows 7 or Vista. To download  Hyper-V Monitor Gadget, please go to

However there is a way to add Windows Sidebar into Windows Server 2008 R2

1. Download Windows Sidebar from here.

2. Extract it into C:\Windows Sidebar

3. Open Command prompt and execute install.cmd

4. Press a key to start the installation


5. Install Hyper-V Monitor Gadget by open it and select Install Gadget


6. Open Control panel and double click Desktop Gadget


7. Click on Hyper-V Monitor Gadget and click Add


8. On your desktop, click Options at the Hyper-V monitor to start the configuration.


9. Enter Hyper-V Host details.


10. Here is the end result. You can console/remote desktop to Hyper-V Host or Virtual Machine.


Additional tool tip able to provide additional information.


Note:- Limitation. So far it did not work when connect to local Hyper-V Host. However, you can use to monitor Remote Hyper-V Host.