Today I built out 8 more servers for our dev team. We have a blade server hosting all of this with Hyper-V. Here’s what my picture looks like…
I log into my Vista work machine, use terminal services to log into the blade and open up Hyper-V Manager. From there I connect to the machine via Hypervisor console.
Essentially, I have a remote window inside of a remote window. Naturally, mouse and keyboard key sends are at less-than-desireable speeds. My hopeful solution: Hyper-V management console on Vista.
Over the last year or so I have been hearing talks about how one could not install Hypervisor on Vista so naturally my hopes were already somewhat crushed. Despite the dire situation, I started the search (thanks Google) and much to my suprise, with Vista SP1 Microsoft released a patch (KB952627) to install the Hyper-V Console through Windows Update (thank you Microsoft).
Here are the links (Windows authenticity check required)
Vista x86 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a46d0047-e383-4688-9449-83373226126a&displaylang=en&Hash=gUz0Srl8YL8V57oEvToZsTEga7tWBKPgtjBsGst7kRZwF96bbYMMRWbS3gQJnXWBzg24xhBYw6Zlw3ZNZ8C%2bgg%3d%3d
Vista x64 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f10e848f-289c-4e04-8786-395371f083bf&displaylang=en&Hash=AXftxujSp7eaWx3FURGL1rsoJAoqt0jtSsZfn/Ppq%2bSQXBuWEJ2010LWN8to%2b9azkVXBA/cXS3ONLqYZtBoCDA%3d%3d
Once the management console is installed, you should be able to remotely connect to your server with Hyper-V.
Once again, thank you Microsoft for a very satisfying product.