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Connect via the Internet to Hyper-V Manager on Hyper-V Server 2012 r2

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Hi,
I need to connect to a Workgroup Hyper-V server 2012 r2 host at a clients site via their static IP, using Hyper-V Manager and Server Manager too if possible.
I've forwarded port 5985 on their router to the internal IP of the Hyper-V host.

I can connect via their local network using my laptop but am having trouble over the Internet remotely.  I've added their static IP and also DNS entry using the "Set-Item wsman:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts Server01 -Concatenate -Force" command.
I'm using the same laptop that connects on their local network.

As I can already connect on their internal network the host/firewall etc is all ok.

Thanks.
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Some protocols are not routable over the Internet and there are major security concerns with even trying to do so.  You would be best to create a VPN and use the system (RSAT) tools using the VPN connection.
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Yep I'm using the RSAT tool locally but it would be good to get straight to the Host over the net as per Vshpere.
I'd rather just make changes to a guest via the Hyper-V manager GUI without being on site or remoting into a local workstation.

As this is only a small 5 user site I'd rather not set up a VPN etc and would just open the firewall/port when needed and close it afterwards.

So back to the original qtn, can RSAT connect over the net directly?

Thanks.
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To the best of my knowledge you cannot do so over the Internet.  Though RSAT uses HTTP over port 5985, you also have to consider authentication, DNS, routing, and more.  I would have serious security concerns about doing so, even if it were possible.   A simple Windows PPTP VPN, will offer some basic security, involve no cost, and only takes a few minutes to set up.

If not familiar with the process, though I have not yet done so on 2012 R2, I have blog'd about doing so on previous versions and the same process should apply:
http://blog.lan-tech.ca/2012/01/28/sbs-2011-essentials-configuring-vpn-access/
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Thanks RobWill.  I will definitely give up on the direct connection idea and use a VPN.  The security issue that you raised is very important and thanks for highlighting that.

Also if anyone is interested in what looks like a great local "free" GUI to run on a Hyper-V host, Probus-IT Hyper-V Manager seems to do the trick very well.
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