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I am wondering if there is a chance to directly connect to a VMs console via RDP. It seems the hyper-v manager is basicaly doing the same when connecting to a VMs console.

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It is possible to remotely connect to VMs without starting the hyper-v manager.

The protocol is RDP-based, but it requires some additional extensions that are only usable by a couple clients. The one you get from Microsoft, and one Open Source client.

You have two choices Install the Hyper-V admin tools on your workstion and run the c:\program files\Hyper-V\{version}\vmconnect.exe. The exact filename may be different. On my Windows 8.1 system it is C:\Program Files\Hyper-V\6.2\vmconnect6.2.exe.

When using vmconnect you just specify the Hyper-V server and the name of the virtual machine.

If you don't want to your can't install the Hyper-V client tools on your machine as an alternative you can also download a build of freerdp. The freerdp client has the ability to connect to a hyper-v guest.

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It is possible to connect to Hyper-V guest virtual machine directly through Remote Desktop by installing the Hyper-V Admin Tool for Windows 7.

Here are the links and more explanation.


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Remote Desktop and connecting to a VM's console through Hyper-V Manager are two separate things. Hyper-V Manager's console connect does not use a RDP session.

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You are wrong. RDP is the protocol used to connect to the Hyper-V guests. Which is why you can use freerdp to connect to hyper-v guests consoles before any guest OS has been installed. – Zoredache Dec 9 '13 at 20:33
Thanks, I learn something new every day. :) – Robula Apr 15 '14 at 12:44

Once the VM is created it is treated like any other machine. If it is a Windows server, as long as you have your remote settings allowing access you should be able to rdp into the machine.

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Seems the OP wants to RDP to the Console of the Windows box, not just to a regular RDP session. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 9 '13 at 17:43

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