Enable enhanced console session in VMM

Important

This version of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) has reached the end of support, we recommend you to upgrade to VMM 2019.

This article provides information about how to configure enhanced console session in System Center - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Console connect in VMM provides a way to connect to the VM without a network connection to it. For information on deploying VMM console, see install VMM console. Prior to 1801, the console connect in VMM supported only basic session where clipboard text can only be pasted through Type Clipboard Text menu option.

VMM 1801 and later supports enhanced console session. With console connected through enhanced session, Cut (Ctrl + X), Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) operations on the ANSI text and files are available on the clipboard, there by copy/paste commands for text and files are made possible from and to the VM.

Before you start

Ensure the following prerequisites:

  1. The operating system of the host, on which the VM is running, should be Windows Server 2012 R2 later.
  2. The Hyper-V host must have Enhanced session mode policy setting turned ON.
  3. The computer from which you connect to the VM must run on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server, Windows Server 2016 or later.
  4. The virtual machine must have remote desktop services enabled and run Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012 R2 or later as the guest operating system.

Procedure - enable the enhanced console session

Use the following steps:

  1. Right-click the host in VMs & Services and navigate to Enhanced Session option.

  2. Select Allow enhanced session mode and click OK.

    allow enhanced session

  3. In VMM console, navigate to the VM on this host.

  4. Right-click the VM and click Connect via Console.

  1. Once you see the VM console, look for Open Enhanced Session option at the top right of the page. Click it to launch the enhanced Session window.

    enhanced console session

    Note

    This action will close the current session and opens a new session. You will be redirected to the login screen in the new session.

  1. Once you see the VM console, look for Enhanced Session option at the top right of the page. Click it to launch the enhanced Session window.

    enhanced console session

    Note

    This action will close the current session and opens a new session. You will be redirected to the login screen in the new session.

  1. To switch back to basic session, click Open Basic Session at the top right.
  1. To switch back to basic session, click Basic Session at the top right.

Once Enhanced Session Mode policy is enabled on the host:

  • Close any open console sessions to view the Enhanced Session option.
  • For a VM that is booting for the first-time from a VHD/VHDX, the enhanced session option doesn’t show up when you attempt to connect through console. Restart the VM and refresh the VM properties in VMM for the Enhanced Session option to appear in console connect window.

Next steps

Use local resources on Hyper-V VM with VMconnect