Installing and Launching the Hyper-V Management Snap-in

The snap-in is graphical in nature, it is not installed on the command-line based Windows Server 2008 Core installation. The Hyper-V Manager snap-in is installed by default when the Hyper-V role is installed on a Full Windows Server 2008 installation. The only way to manage Hyper-V on a Windows Server 2008 Core installation using the Hyper-V Manager is to do so remotely by running the snap-in on a system running a full Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista installation.

To facilitate remote Hyper-V administration from systems that are not running Hyper-V, the snap-in may also be installed as a stand-alone tool on Windows Dedicated Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 Enterprise and Ultimate editions.

Both the Hyper-V Manager snap-in and the Virtual Machine Connection tool may be installed on Windows Vista by installing the Windows Vista SP1 Management Tools Update package.

To install Hyper-V Manager on a Windows Server 2008 system which does not have the Hyper-V server role installed, perform the following steps:

1. Start Server Manager

2. Select Features from the left hand panel

3. Click on the Add Features link in the main panel to invoke the Add Features Wizard

4. Locate the Remote Administration Tools category in the list of features and click on the + to unfold the sub-categories.

5. Click on the + next to Role Administration Tools to unfold the list of features in that category.

6. Select Hyper-V Tools.

Click on Install to : install the feature.


The Hyper-V Manager may be invoked using a number of different techniques, each of which will be outlined in this section.

  • Administrative Tools Menu – Launch Hyper-V Manager by clicking on the Start -> Administrative Tools -> Hyper-V Manager menu option.
  • Server Manager – Launch the Server Manager either from the Start -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager menu option, or by clicking on the Server Manager icon in the task bar along the bottom of the desktop When Server Manager is running, unfold Roles followed by Hyper-V in the left hand panel by clicking on the + signs next to the corresponding item. From the Hyper-V branch click on Hyper-V Manager to display the tool on the main panel.
  • Search – Click on the Start button, enter Hyper-V into the Search box and press enter.

Any of the above techniques will result in the Hyper-V Manager launching. The next step is to explore some of the features of this tool.

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