Managing Hyper-V on different Windows Server versions

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 4 June 2014 / Last Updated on 4 June 2014]

A tip on how to manage Hyper-V on different Windows Server versions

You can use the Hyper-V Manager snap-in to manage Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts from either a Server With A GUI or Server Minimal Server Interface installation of Windows Server 2012 that has the Hyper-V management tools installed, or from a Windows 8 administrator workstation that has the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8 installed. However, you cannot manage Hyper-V hosts running earlier versions of Windows Server using these tools. Such hosts must be managed using an earlier version of Hyper-V Manager. This means that you might need multiple sets of management tools to manage a mixed environment that has Hyper-V hosts running different Windows Server versions. The alternative is to use System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1, which allows you to manage all versions of Hyper-V hosts.

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see http://www.mtit.com. This tip was excerpted from his latest book Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 from Microsoft Press.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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