I am a big fan of MSFT’s Remote Desktop Connection Manager, I have dozens of servers in it at my work, so I started tinkering around with it at home, especially in mind connecting to all my VMs  on my Hyper-V test lab.

Turns out, is is not as straight forward as you’d think it’d be.

Here is how to get it to work:

  1. There are issues with the authentication. Adding the following registry keys fixes that:
  2. Even though you might be a local admin on the Hyper-V Host, add your account to the ‘Hyper-V Administrators’ Group.
  3. Get the ID of the VM you want to connect to
  4. Now we can go to the RDCMan man and add a new server
    – Server name: Is the name of your Hyper-V Host (NOT the VM)
    – Check ‘VM console connect’ and paste the ID we got via PowerShell
    – You can put whatever you want as ‘Display Name’
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  5. Test and see if you can connect. To connect you have to provide the credentials to log in to the HYPER-V HOST, not the VM.

Now you should be able to use RdcMan to connect to your VMs, be it Window Linux, or anything else you can run as a VM. :o)

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