After Hyper-V has been installed, the next step is to install guest images that will run on the virtual server. However, before jumping into the installation of guest images, here is a quick guide on navigating the Hyper-V Administrative console and the virtual server settings available to be configured that apply to all guest sessions on the server.
Launching the Hyper-V Administrative Console: To open the Hyper-V Administrative console, there are two ways to access the configuration options. One way is to the use the Server Manager tool and administer the host server through Server Manager, or the other option is to launch the freestanding Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to perform administrative tasks for the host system.
Using the Server Manager Tool to Manage Hyper-V Systems: For administrators who want to manage their Hyper-V systems from a centralized console, the Server Manager tool provides a common administrative interface for all of the server roles installed on a particular system. To start the Server Manager tool to view and edit Hyper-V settings, do the following:
- Click Start and then click Run.
- In the Run dialog box, type in ServerManager.msc, and click OK. This will start the Server Manager application if it is not already running on the system.
- Expand the Roles section of the tree by clicking on the +.
- Expand the Hyper-V branch of the tree, and expand the Virtualization Services branch of the tree.
Using the Hyper-V MMC Tool to Manage Hyper-V Systems: For administrators who want to manage their Hyper-V systems from a dedicated console just for Hyper-V administration, the Hyper-V tool should be used. To start the Hyper-V administration tool, do the following:
- Click Start, All Programs, Administrative Tools, and then choose Hyper-V Management for the tool to launch.
- Click on Virtualization Services to see the virtual servers to which you are connected.
- Click on the name of one of the virtual servers listed to see the virtual machines and actions available for the confirmation of the server system. By default, the Hyper-V MMC will have the local virtual server system listed, as shown in Figure 37.2.
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