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Installing and managing Hyper-V in VMware Workstation 11

If you want to use VMware workstation to play around with Hyper-V or create a Hyper-V lab, this is fairly easy to get up and running.  Let’s take a look at installing and managing Hyper-V in VMware Workstation 11.

Creating the virtual machine is straightforward in VMware workstation.  Simply create a new VM.  Make sure the Version in the options of the VM is set to Hyper-V (unsupported) as opposed to Windows Server 2012, etc.  If you create the VM with Windows Server 2012 instead of the Hyper-V setting, when you attempt to install the Hyper-V role in the server itself, you will get the error:  Hyper-V cannot be installed: A hypervisor is already running” as detailed in this VMware KB article:


After you change the Version, you will no longer receive the message.

Installing the role

  • Choose the Hyper-V role


  • Virtual switch configuration


  • Virtual machine migration settings


  • Here we choose the Default storage location for the VHD files and VM config files


  • Confirmation of role selection


  • I chose not to restart the server automatically, so I received the restart pending warning.  Restart your server at this point if you didn’t auto restart.



Managing the Hyper-V server

Installing the server and role is by far the easiest steps to this process.  If you are like me and are installing the Hyper-V server simply into a workgroup and want to use this as a lab machine whereby you administer the server via your host workstation or other management VM that isn’t in the same domain or workgroup as the Hyper-V server, then you need to do a few steps to be able to administer the box without errors.

If you attempt to connect to the Hyper-V server fresh after the role install, you will most likely receive the following error message:


You will see the error that is presented talks about the management service needs to be running and that you have to be authorized to connect to the server.

Hyper-V Remote Management Configuration Utility (HVRemote)

There is a really great commandline utility called Hyper-V Remote Management Configuration Utility (HVRemote) which does all of the heavy lifting getting a lab server ready to connect via a workgroup client or a client in a different domain.

Take a look at the utility documentation here as well as download it:

After adding your remote user to the server itself for management purposes, you should be able to connect to the box remotely using the Hyper-V Manager.


You should also now have access to the functions of Hyper-V such as Import Virtual Machine, Hyper-V Settings, Virtual Switch Manager, etc.  Also, most importantly access to New > Virtual Machine.


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Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the Senior Writer, Engineer and owner at and has over two decades of experience in Information Technology. Having worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as in various industries, Brandon has extensive experience in various IT segments and is a strong advocate for open source technologies. Brandon holds many industry certifications, loves the outdoors and spending time with family.

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