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Hello.    We running quite a few virtual machines to manage the many VPN clients we have to connect to our customer networks.   We do not control the setup of these VPN's and they are locked down.    Once connected to the VPN you loose all local network connections.     Therefore connecting to the VM through RDP drops.   Using remote tools like Bomgar or Teamviewer drop.    The only connection that does not drop is the console session run from hyper-v manager.    This has its limitations therefore we are looking for another solution.     Is there a solution to this to allow another way to connected other than Hyper-V manager.    Another tool perhaps to get the console session?


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Any tool you can use in that situation has to rely on the Hyper-V Console capabilities, with (most of(?)) its restrictions.

What are the limitations you want to get around? We use VMware vSphere 6 for (self-managed or locked-down VPN VMs), and one issue is that you cannot copy&paste files, only text, between machines. An annoyance, but no way around.
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The issues are...  resolution is limited to no wide screen formats.     Copy and paste does not work,      Access to the VM is not easily managed.    We need various staff to access this VM and some of them are themselves remote and over VPN ... it complicates things.    Tools like Bomgar, teamviewer and remote desktop simplify things.

I wonder if I run the VM on another tool on than Hyper-V some limitations are gone?
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As said I don't think you can circumvent those restrictions. A different VM host solution can help with some, like the resolution, and you can get to them via a console more easily, but basically you won't change much.

I only can tell about VMware ESX: the resolution is restricted by a VM guest setting (reserved video RAM), and can be set up to your preferences. You can use VMRC to connect, but it is not very fast over WAN (VPN). And the copy&paste issue is a common one.

Let's wait for other Experts to chime in ...
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For those with the same issue the best I have found using the responses provided was to use server 2012 as the host and windows 10 as the guest.     Then using hyper-v manager and the resolution problems is solved.     The other issues I just have to live with.

Thanks all
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Partially resolved
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using the information provided I came up with the best option
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