Virtual Machine Connection is a tool that you use to connect to a virtual machine so that you can install or interact with the guest operating system in a virtual machine. Some of the tasks that you can perform by using Virtual Machine Connection include the following:
- Connect to the video output of a virtual
- Control the state of a virtual machine
- Take snapshots of a virtual machine
- Modify the settings of a virtual machine
Before you begin
Virtual Machine Connection is installed automatically when you install the Hyper-V role on a full installation of Windows Server 2008. You also can install it separately on certain versions of Windows. For more information about installing Virtual Machine Connection, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=143558.
By default, Virtual Machine Connection uses the same credentials you used to log on to your current Windows session to also establish a session to a running virtual machine. If you want Virtual Machine Connection to use a different set of credentials, you can configure Hyper-V so that you will be prompted for credentials. For instructions, see Configure Hyper-V.
Connect to a virtual machine
|To connect to a virtual machine from Hyper-V Manager|
Open Hyper-V Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.
In the results pane, under Virtual Machines, right-click the name of the virtual machine and click Connect.
The Virtual Machine Connection tool opens.
Tips for using Virtual Machine Connection
You may find the following tips to be helpful for using Virtual Machine Connection:
- You can move the mouse pointer seamlessly
between the operating system running on the physical computer and
the guest operating system when integration services are installed
on the guest operating system. Integration services are included
with newer versions of supported Windows operating systems. For all
other supported operating systems, install integration services in
the guest operating system. For instructions about installing
integration services, see Install a Guest
Operating System. For a list of guest operating systems which
integration services are available for, see the Windows
Server 2008 Technical Library (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=128037).
- The mouse pointer may appear as a small dot
when you connect to a running virtual machine. To send mouse clicks
or keyboard input to the virtual machine, click anywhere in the
virtual machine window. To return the input to the physical
computer, press the mouse release key combination and then move the
mouse pointer outside of the virtual machine window. The default
release key combination is CTRL+ALT+LEFT arrow, but the key
combination can be changed by modifying Hyper-V settings.
- You cannot press CTRL+ALT+DELETE on the
keyboard to send that key combination to a virtual machine. You can
use the menu command. From the Action menu, click
Ctrl+Alt+Delete. Or, you can press CTRL+ALT+END.
- You can switch from a window mode to a
full-screen mode. From the View menu, click Full Screen
Mode. To switch back to window mode, press CTRL+ALT+BREAK.
- By default, membership in the local
Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required
to complete this procedure. However, an administrator can use
Authorization Manager to modify the authorization policy so that a
user or group of users can complete this procedure. For more
information, see Using Authorization Manager for Hyper-V Security
- If an authorized user is connected to a
virtual machine through Virtual Machine Connection and another
authorized user decides to use the console of the same virtual
machine, the session will be taken over by the second user and the
first user will lose the session. This can pose a privacy and
security risk, because the second user will be able to view the
first user's desktop, documents, and applications. A virtual
machine session is available to all users who have been granted the
Console Read or Console Read/Write operations privilege in the
authorization policy. By default, this is granted to any
Administrator. To avoid or fix this issue, adjust the privileges to
restrict access as appropriate.