how to remote control workgroup server 2012 R2 with Server Manager

I often deploy standalone hyper-v host to customers with the free 2012 R2 hyper-v. To be able to manage the servers with GUI i prefer to use Server Manager and the hyper-v console. This can be achvied with the following.

Install a Windows 2012 R2 VM wich you can use to manage server you have deployed remotely.

Install the hyper-v rsat tools with the standard role/feature wizard on the management server.

Estable a site-2-site frmo your firewall to their firewall.

Turn off (or do research on what must be open..) the firewall on the hyper-v node. Shouldn’t be too scary if it is not internet-faced.

Make sure you have connection between the server, by f.ex ping.

Add the remote servername and the ip to the c:windowssystem32driversetchosts file (remember to start notepad with escalated priviliges before saving…)

Run the following in powershell on the MANAGEMENT server in powershell. Remember to change SERVERNAME01 to your remoteserver which you want to manage.

Set-Item wsman:localhostClientTrustedHosts SERVERNAME01 -Concatenate -Force

Extreme nice setup for SMB!

I have just setup a very nice bundle for a small company with 3 employees which just need a simple fileserver. It is also strong enough to run a simple accounting software based on sql express f.ex. The server is running Raid1 with 7200 RPM discs, non hot-swappable. It is also possible to buy an extra raid controller and have much faster drives, f.e.x SSD. But for a file/print server with so few people this will do just fine. By the way, if you look at the picture of the server; the switch is the «top-box»..

I installed Windows Server 2012 R2 essentials (show blog post for installing the hyper-v role!) virtualized. As a VCP-provider in my job I also setup a lan-to-lan with the firewall to our datacenter. By doing that I can run central Veeam based backup. Very nice for the customer! He gets his data backuped up by the best backup software and also get his data out of his house.

Since the firewall also got a wireless interface with support for vlan I also setup a guest network on a separate clan for the customer. I only gave permission to the printer so the visitors could do some printing.

If you want I can create a full post how I setup the whole server, firewall, wireless etc.

It is a very good setup for the SMB market which gives a good value for the bucks. And who knows, perhaps I will try to run a Xenapp 6.5 server with netscaler on this box too…?? 🙂

Hardware setup:

HP Microserver Gen 8 with the PS1810-8g switch (managed with vlan support)

and a Zyxel Usg 20W (firewall with wireless n and also support for vlan).

I also included a HP750 UPS which delivers around 38 minutes with this hardware.

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