How To: Install Hyper-V Management Console on Windows 7

If you’re looking to manage your Hyper-V Server directly from your workstation, for example if the Hyper-V server does not have the Desktop Experience installed, you will need to use the Hyper-V Manager in Windows. While the role can be completely installed in Windows 8 and above (including the management tools), Windows 7 does not include this capability out of the box. It is still not possible to add the entire role and run virtual machines off of your Windows 7 computer, but this guide will show you how to install the Hyper-V Management Console to help you manage remote virtual machines.

 

Download the Necessary Components

Because Windows 7 does not include the Hyper-V components, we’ll need to download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

  1. Navigate to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7D2F6AD7-656B-4313-A005-4E344E43997D&displaylang=en
  2. Click the Download button, and choose your operating system’s architecture (32 or 64 bit)
  3. Install the update and if prompted, reboot the computer.

Install the Hyper-V Management Console

This procedure will be very similar to installing the Hyper-V Role on Windows 8.

  1. Click Start and in the Start Search box, type appwiz.cpl
  2. In the top left corner, locate and click Turn Windows features on or off
  3. Scroll through the list and locate Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > Hyper-V Tools. Select the checkbox next to Hyper-V Tools, then click OK.
  4. The tools will now be installed.

Now that the tools are installed, you can open the Hyper-V Management Console by:

  1. Clicking Start and in the Start Search typing virtmgmt.mscOr
  2. Clicking Start > Administrative Tools > Hyper-V Manager

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