Monday 29 August 2016

Hyper-V - Console Overview & Configurations changes which can be done using Hyper-V/VM Settings - Part 4

Hello Everyone,

In this post, I will show console overview with some of the useful tasks which can be performed using Hyper-V. 

There are many features which can be performed via Hyper-V... Some of them I will explain in this post and some of them I will share with separate posts like Hyper-V Replica, VM Export & Import etc.

To see Hyper-V Features, Click Here!

To see Hyper-V Installation Process & Console Overview, Click Here!

To see Hyper-V Network Configuration Concept & Process, Click Here!

Let's start learning features of Hyper-V with console overview...


By default, console of hyper-V looks like below screen:

From one console, You can connect to multiple hyper-v console by clicking on Connect to Server in Action Pane on right side. Only condition is Remote Hyper-V must be connected via network & should resolve name by ping. When You click on connect to server option then It will ask Name or IP of remote hyper-v server to connect:

When You click on Hyper-V Host Name then You have many options which includes: 

  • Virtual Machine Details like Name, Status, etc
  • Tasks Lists which can be performed on Host like create new VM, Create Disk, Edit Disk, Virtual Switch Manager configurations etc.
  • Task Lists on Virtual Machine like Connect, Start or Shutdown, Settings etc.
  • VM Details like Summary, Network Details, Memory Details, Replication status if configured or not.

Let's Discuss with some configurations which can be changed as per requirement in Hyper-V...

Hyper-V Settings:

Click on Hyper-V Settings then You can change below settings:

  • Virtual Hard Disk Path
  • Virtual Machine Path
  • Enable or Disable NUMA Spanning
  • Configure Live Migration settings like number of simultaneous live migrations, which IP should be used for live migration, configuration advance feature for live migration which includes authentication protocols & performance options configurations.
  • Storage Migration configuration 
  • Other options...

Virtual Machine Settings:

This helps in changing Virtual Machine settings which includes:

  • Add Hardware which can be network adaptor, SCSI controller, Fibre channel adapter.
  • Firmware configuration option
  • Memory Configuration
  • Processor Configuration
NOTE: If You are using static memory then You can not change memory while VM is running. If You are running dynamic memory then You can increase memory while VM is running but can not decrease memory while VM is running. This is till Hyper-V 2012 R2. 

Similar for CPU, if You want to increase or decrease, You have to shut down the Virtual machine till Hyper-V 2012 R2.

In Hyper-V 2016, You can increase or decrease memory while VM is running.

CPU cannot be changed while VM is running in Hyper-V 2016. (This I am not sure but I will confirm soon as I am going to start evaluating 2016 from 1st week of September)

  • SCSI Configuration
  • Network Configuration
  • Integration Services configuration
  • Checkpoint file location path can be checked where it will store... By default, it is created on VHD path only.
  • Automatic start/stop actions can be set

Other tasks which can be performed includes:

  • Start/Stop/Save/Delete Virtual Machine
  • Take Checkpoint/Snapshot of Virtual Machine 
  • Revert checkpoint if needed 
  • Enable replication 

These are the basic useful features of Hyper-V...

Now, In future posts, I will start separate series of Hyper-V features in details & step by step process.

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