Enabling Hyper-V Guest Console in Server Core Enabling Hyper-V Guest Console in Server Core

01 Feb by Lai Yoong Seng     7     Hyper-V Articles

In Server Core, no Hyper-V Guest console is provided and you need to use the remote server Hyper-V Manager snap-in or VMM Console to manage a Virtual machine. I just found a free tool to execute the Hyper-V Guest Console in Server Core. Let see how you can enable the Hyper-V Guest Console in Server Core itself.

1. Before we start, you need to install the pre-requisite:- .Net Framework.

The command to install the .Net Framework in Server Core is:-

dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx2-ServerCore
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3-ServerCore



2. Next is download Hyper-V Guest Console from CodePlex:- http://hvgc.codeplex.com/ and put into the Hyper-V server core server.

3. Then, to enable the Hyper-V Guest Console (HVGC), execute this command:



With HVGC a Hyper-V guest can:
- Start VMs
- Shutdown VMs
- Suspend VMs
- Pause VMs
- Stop VMs
- Monitor VMs (CPU Load, Memory, IS Version, Network configuration)
- Connect to VM by RDP

Let’s view the end result screenshot of the HVGC:

4. Now, let’s connect to the Hyper-V Server and add the Hyper-V Host and Virtual machine that you would like to manage. To do so, click on Tools | Settings


5. Click on Hyper-V Servers list (Collection) and add the Hyper-V and VM authentication settings that you would like to manage.


6. Start by entering “Hyper-V Server authentication” and then click on Virtual Machine List (collection) to enter the virtual machine name.

Below is a screenshot of the Hyper-V Server Settings and a screenshot of the Virtual machine Settings Collection.

Hyper-V Settings Collection screenshot:-


Virtual Machine Setting Collection screenshot:-


Here you can control the setting on the Virtual Machine. Specify True or False.

7. Once you have completed the above step, you will be able to view your Virtual Machine and manage it. Below is a screenshot of the final result:-






This tool also runs on Windows XP/Windows Server 2003 and later.

Have any questions?

Leave a comment below!


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Lai Yoong Seng

Lai, Virtual Machine MVP has more than 10 years of IT industry experience. He specializes in Hyper-V and System Center products. Lai has actively presents Microsoft Virtualization Day, Microsoft Cloud Day, Microsoft Tech-Ed New Zealand (2011), Microsoft Techday 2011(Singapore) and local community such as MVUG, TechInsight, ELITE and SCUG events. He actively blogs on Virtualization and System Center at http://www.ms4u.info and is the founder of Malaysia Virtualization User Group (MVUG). Please feel free to leave a comment or email to ericlaiys@hotmail.com.

7 Responses to “Enabling Hyper-V Guest Console in Server Core”

  1. SuperTechie

    Does not work for me. Tried it on several Standalones Hyper-V 2008 r2 through Hyper-V 2012 R2. Program opens, but does not show any connection to a server, and configuring VM’s reslult in connection failure messages. Looking at all the pictures above that are obviously not from Server Core, I wonder if anyone actually has this working on Server Core?

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