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hi,

so i just finished installing the free standalone microsoft hyper-v server 2012 r2 in a brand new server... and the surprise is where the hell is my gui!?

i tought i had read that R2 had brought the gui back... how can i get the explorer and the hyper-v gui?

this is driving me nuts.
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by:Chris Staunton
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You can switch between core and GUI with a powershell script.

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Switch-between-Windows-9680265d
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You cannot on the free Hyper-V.  Not sure where you thought you read what you read, but it does not include the GUI.  You need to enable remote management and setup a Windows 8.1 client to manage (haven't tried managing from 8.0).

Or you can buy a third party app such as VTUtilities - GREAT utility but a bit on the pricey side (if it were 1/3 the cost, I'd buy it all the time...)
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by:Chris Staunton
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I've managed them from Windows 7 as well, but didn't know the "free" version doesn't allow that.  Kinda takes the fun out of it but again it was "free".
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by:Svet Paperov
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There is no GUI on the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. You have to use PowerShell 4 or Windows 8.1 RSAT http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=39296 to manage it or a 3rd party tool as stated in Leew’s post. Windows 8 RSAT cannot be used to manage Windows Server 2012 R2 but the upgrade from 8 to 8.1 is free and a must. Windows 7 RSAT cannot manage Hyper-V 2012 or later.

As also stated, there are 3rd party Hyper-V Managers. One that I’ve been using even from Windows 7 is the free Probus-IT HVM http://www.probus-it.se/hypervtools/hypervmanager

On other hand, if this server is for evaluation or test purposes only, I would recommend downloading the 180-days evaluation version of Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dn205286.aspx.
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by:vartaxe
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I have been using server 2008 r2 standard with hyper-v role but this is a brand new project... For production. So is that script actually going to work to get a gui on that free hyper-v server? Powerschell isn't my thing. Without gui im not even sure how i can properly setup the server... Looks like i will have to find a few tutorials :/
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by:vartaxe
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I don't have a windows 8 pc. Only windows 7 and xp machines. :/
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by:vartaxe
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right now im downloading the windows 8.1 trial version... 90 days should be enough to get this setup and working properly -_-'

still i think there should be a way to get an explorer + hyperv manager on that thing... can't i install the hui manager role trough powershell?
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by:Svet Paperov
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You cannot get GUI on the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server. And there is no Explorer either. Just PowerShell. If you need GUI, Explorer, etc. you must have Windows Server.

Try if there is sconfig on the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server. If it's included, you could use it to set some basic configurations like IP address, domain, etc.
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by:vartaxe
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ok i got a pc running the windows 8.1 trial version. installed the rsat tools + hyperv tools.

i can ping the server but cant do a rdp session or use hyperv manager to connect to the server... thats weird. any idea?
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by:vartaxe
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disabled the firewall on the client tough... also both the server and the client pc aren't in any domain. for now they are in a workgroup WORKGROUP default. i have to install the first vm to get a domain controller is this the issue? is there a better way todo it?
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by:vartaxe
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it's telling me the rpc service isn't running but i activated it trough the sconfig so what is going on
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by:Svet Paperov
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You need the HVRemote tool http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsdesktop/Hyper-V-Remote-Management-26d127c6

It will help you to configure the Hyper-V Manager when the remote management workstation and/or Hyper-V server are not in domain.

About the DC on the Hyper-V: yes you can install it but do not add the Hyper-V Server to the domain unless you have another DC – on a physical server or virtual on another Hyper-V server.
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by:vartaxe
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just added both server and client to a domain i had in the network... this was giving me headache... no i see i can add rsat role to the hyperv machine... how will i be able to open it since there is no gui?
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also before this i was trying trough that powershell commmand without sucess...
Set-Item wsman:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts hyperv -Concatenate -Force
looks like the was something more todo with the firewall...
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by:vartaxe
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i also must add that file server role or i won't be able to acess the server hardisk right!?
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by:Svet Paperov
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You can add any available role by using PowerShell, by using RSAT from Windows 8.1, or via the Server Manager on another Windows Server 2012 R2 server.

Again, Hyper-V Server is free and has limited functionality. If you want a full-featured server, it's Windows Server.
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by:vartaxe
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what are the best practices?

should i leave the vm host and vm hdd as default on C:\
or perhaps move the vm hdd to d:\
or even move both the vm host and vm hdd to D:\

also if my d:\ has 1TB free space can i create a 2TB vhdx? or isn't it recomended?
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by:Svet Paperov
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The best practice is to keep data and OS on separated drives. In the case of Hyper-V server, the data is the VM config files and VHD files. So, yes, move them to D:\ drive. And keep the virtual machines and the VHD drives in separated folders. BIN files, representing the memory allocated to the VM, are created in the same folder as the virtual machines (in a subfolder for each VM). The snapshots (AVHD files) are created in the folder of the virtual disks.

If you create a dynamically expandable VHD or VHDX, its initial size can be bigger than the available physical space but it will stop growing when there is no more space. It’s not a good idea to do that, unless you are planning to expand the available physical space by adding additional hard disk or volume for example.
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Hyper-V – General Access Denied Error for ISOs via Network Share
http://blog.mpecsinc.ca/2009/02/hyper-v-general-access-denied-error-for.html

Configuring Remote Management of Hyper-V Server - in a workgroup
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/11/11/configuring-remote-management-of-hyper-v-server-in-a-workgroup.aspx
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