Step 3: Open Hyper-V Manager and Configure Hyper-V Settings

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

After the virtualization server is prepared, you can familiarize yourself with Hyper-V by opening Hyper-V Manager and optionally customizing some of the configuration settings for Hyper-V.

To open Hyper-V Manager and configure Hyper-V settings

  1. On your virtualization server, log on using the Administrator account. Then to open Hyper-V Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.

    The welcome page for Hyper-V is displayed the first time that you open Hyper-V Manager. This page includes links to online content that you might want to review. To open the local Help content that is included with Hyper-V, press F1, or in the Actions pane, click Help.

  2. To connect to the local virtualization server, in the console tree, under Hyper-V Manager, click the computer name of your virtualization server.

    This step is necessary because you can manage other virtualization servers from one Hyper-V Manager window. You can change management between the local server and other virtualization servers by just selecting them in the console tree. If you want to test a scenario that uses this functionality, see Manage Virtual Machines Remotely With Hyper-V Manager and Windows 7 in this guide.

  3. To configure Hyper-V settings, in the Actions pane, click Hyper-V Settings. The Hyper-V Settings dialog box appears.

  4. To change a setting, in the left navigation pane, click the setting that you want to configure.

    For example, you can change the default folders where the virtual machines and the virtual hard disk drives that you create are stored. Note that this setting only specifies the default folders to use—you still have an opportunity to specify a different folder when you create virtual machines and virtual hard disks. You can also change some of the user settings such as how Windows key combinations are used, or which combination of keys releases the mouse when it is captured in a virtual machine (for example, when the virtual machine is starting, before the operating system is loaded).

  5. To save the changes that you make to a setting, click Apply.

  6. To save your changes and close Hyper-V Settings, click OK.