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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 basic configuration


In this photo-slide-show you can see some basic configuration of Hyper-V server. In the last picture there is shown a remote connection with Hyper-V management tool from one of my servers to Hyper-V server. 

First of all you will see that Hyper-V server is very similar to Core version of Windows server 2008. To help you with basic configuration Hyper-V server does include somekind of “menu” to do some basic tasks.

🙂 First problem that I see here is… What happens if I close this menu? How I get to it once again? Well… I did not find the answer on the internet as Hyper-V server is just to “fresh”. But I searched the registry and I found where this menu is located:


So if you accidentally close the menu you can find and run it from this location.

Next is… Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 needs to be managed from other machine with Hyper-V tools installed. But out-of-the-box Hyper-V Server has firewall enabled. Now you have two options. Or to disable firewall or to add ports to remotely manage Hyper-V service using Hyper-V tools (you can manage Hyper-V server from another Windows server 2008 with Hyper-V tools (even on 32-bit edition) or from Windows Vista workstation with Hyper-V tools installed).

To open firwall to allow remote management of HyperV service type folowing line in your Hyper-V Server command prompt:

netsh firewall set portopening ALL 137 “Hyper-V Management”

This allows remote connections from other machines using Hyper-V Manager.

I also like to be able to copy ISO images to Hyper-V server and for this reason you need to open another two ports or enable sharing. I did it in this way:

netsh firewall set portopening ALL 139 “Sharing 01”

netsh firewall set portopening ALL 445 “Sharing 02”

This two ports allow SMB over TCP you can read more on this on: