How to Install Hyper-V Remote Management Tools


Installing Hyper-V Remote Management

What is the easiest way of Managing Hyper-V? Access the Hyper-V Manager Console? But you don’t exactly need it. So basically the following guidance will help you to overcome it. This applies to Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012 running Hyper-V as a role. Natively you all doing this tool enabling part to Hyper-V servers.

This tool container call Remote Server Administration Tools or in our technical words its popular as RSAT. This is a free tool which already in built in to Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and with current version of Windows 2012 Server. Even if you want to install this in to your client machine for managing Hyper-V environments then this RSAT is available as additional download package.

Download Link for Windows 7

Download RSAT for Windows 7 (manages 2008 R2 servers)

Download Link for Windows 8

Download RSAT for Windows 8 (manages 2012 servers)

Inside the RSAT toll there are many tools includes. One of the key tool is to Manage Hyper-V. Also if your environment have Hyper-V Cluster then you can manage it as well. Even If you download and install the client edition tools but still it does not enable any of them. Therefore you have to enable those features manually as follows.

Following Steps will guide you the way how and exactly what steps you must follow to enable the RSAT tool.

Enable RSAT on Windows 7:

  1. Click on Start and access the Control Panel.
  2. Under Control Panel Click Programs and Features.
  3. On the left pane, click “Turn Windows features on or off” and finally Select RSAT Tools.

To access the installation location on Windows Server 2008 R2:

  1. Access Server Manager
  2. Then follow the steps 1 and 2 same as on the Windows 7 steps.
  3. Click “Features” on the left. Click “Add Features” on the right-pane
  4. Then Select the RSAT tool.

To get to the installation location on Windows Server 2012:

  1. Open Server Manager; by default it has a pinned icon on both the Start bar and the Start menu.
  2. On the “Dashboard” tab, click “Add roles and features”
  3. Click Next on the welcome screen. Make sure you select the “Role-based or feature-based installation” and click Next.
  4. In the Server Pool, highlight the name for the local server and click Next.
  5. Click Next on the Roles screen to access the Features page.

To get to the installation location on Windows 8:

  1. Move your mouse to the far top-right or far bottom-right of the screen so that the Charms bar appears.
  2. Click “Settings”.
  3. Click “Control Panel”.
  4. Follow the same directions as for Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 from step 2.

Incase if you have the Hyper-V cluster then you can have the cluster manage tool also under RSAT TOOL KIT. For that you have to

1 Step – Expand the “Remote Server Administration Tools”.

2 Step – Expand “Feature Administration Tools” and then you will find the Failover Clustering Tools. In addition to that if you prefer to manage the cluster setup via command shell then even you can have the PowerShell options which is separate and you have to select “Failover Cluster Command Interface” if you want access to the deprecated clus.exe.

The following is a screenshot from Windows Server 2012 server and you can enlarge it and see exactly what I mentioned above.


The following screen shot I have taken from Windows 8 and this is for Windows 2012 RSAT


After you enable all of the above mentioned tools you can find them under the “Administrative Tools”.

In case if you selected the PowerShell modules on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, their cmdlets are always available in any PowerShell session. But if you plan to use the poowershell for for Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2, then you will need to run the following commands in each session to have access to the Failover Cluster cmdlets:

Import-Module FailoverCluster


I do hope that the above steps will give you an idea of how you need to manage Hyper-V environment using RSAT Tool.