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Managing a Standalone Hyper-V Server

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I have seen manage people over the years complain about how its not straight forward to manage a standalone hyper-v host and have seen many different guides on the alternative ways to “gain access” to the host. The solution I’m going to document in this post – personally i feel is a better way than creating additional user accounts or using HVConfig.

First we need to enable the WinRM Service

Next we want to add the host to the trustedhosts file

Now we need to configure the anonymous access

From Component Services, Double Click on Computers

Then Right Click on “My Computer” and select “Properties”

From the Properties pain you want to select “COM Security”

Then under “Access Permissions” select “Edit Limits…”

Under the Security Limited, Scroll to the bottom to find “ANONYMOUS LOGON” and enable “Remote Access”

Now we can go to Server Manager and add the new Hyper-V Host

From Server Manager right click on “Manage” which can be location on the top right and select “Add Server”

Select the “DNS Tab” and enter the IP Address of the server

Click the “Right Arrow” and then click “Ok” then go back to “All Servers” You will see the new hyper-v server with an kerberos target error

This error is due to the server not having any credentials authenticated with it. NB: this would be different under a domain scenario

To authenticate with the server, right click and select “Manage As …”

You will be prompted to enter your credential for the server.
Remember: you must add the IP Address or hostname of the server before the \Administrator

Once the authentication process has complete your server will show as “Online”

Finally right click on the Server, Click Hyper-V Manager and connect by IP address


    • When you are trying to connect to your Hyper-V Host are you adding the IP address followed by administrator? Example:\Administrator


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