Managing Hyper-V on different Windows Server versions

You can use the Hyper-V Manager snap-in to manage Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts from either a Server With A GUI or Server Minimal Server Interface installation of Windows Server 2012 that has the Hyper-V management tools installed, or from a Windows 8 administrator workstation that has the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8 installed. However, you cannot manage Hyper-V hosts running earlier versions of Windows Server using these tools. Such hosts must be managed using an earlier version of Hyper-V Manager. This means that you might need multiple sets of management tools to manage a mixed environment that has Hyper-V hosts running different Windows Server versions. The alternative is to use System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1, which allows you to manage all versions of Hyper-V hosts.

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see This tip was excerpted from his latest book Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 from Microsoft Press.

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