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I run a Hyper-V server running several Hyper-V VMs. I was wondering if there is any way for me to manage

  • the Hyper-V server itself (just Hyper-V role, not the rest of the server box) and
  • the Hyper-V VMs (like connecting into them)

via Mac OS?

I'm on Mac OS 10.8 on my main laptop. From what I've been seeing the Hyper-V management tools are all Windows based.

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I can give you two options:

1) Install a hypervisor and make yourself a Windows 7 VM with the appropriate tools... this is costs a few hundred dollars at most, probably a good investment either way.

2) Use some kind of thin client app using TS Web Services or Citrix.


Alternatives: (in order of easiest and most reliable to not really what you are asking)

  1. Install vmware Fusion on your MAC. Use fusion to create a VM for Windows 8.1 and then you can connect with the hyper-v tools in MS.

  2. Install a windows 8.1 workstation on your Hyper-V as a virtual machine to manage the actual hyper-v (this is a little more difficult) and then RDP to that box instead of a server.

  3. Try using an ESXi Server instead of Hyper-V (*use the free version.) Download a trial/free version from VMWare (you will have to register) and then you can load ESXi on a box to host virtual machines. I have been able to access the web client from a Mac using vshpere in esx5.1

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This still shows high on search results so,

Official Microsoft Remote Desktop is pretty stable now though only gives you terminal style tools (flat connection and some remapped keys) like the old mstsc.

Rdp Client For Mac Os

Another work around if you cannot enable RD on all clients is use an old or existing physical windows machine/server that you can enable Remote Desktop for, from your Mac use the official Microsoft Remote Desktop then use the tools on that to remote manage clients; this does become tricky with key bindings and screen resolution (set resolution/scale in the RD app edit) but can allow you to admin windows, even from iOS.


It's a shame nobody has posted another answer in almost a year. I've had the same concern recently as I'm wanting to test the VDI-in-a-box solution from Citrix without having to buy a lot of Microsoft products just to get going. There are several solutions available now that run on the server itself without the need of remote tools such as RSAT which, as you pointed out, are Windows only.

The first place to start is here:

This is where to find a free set of GUI tools that run on the 2012 Hyper-V free server core. Really amazing product.

Another option is the free tools from although they really would prefer you buy their fee-based product.

Lastly, many have reported good results with vtutilities which also run on the server.

Hope that helps. I had to do a few hours of research to find all of that but it is working well for me so far. I'm using an older Dell PowerEdge SC1430 with dual quad cores and 8 gigs of RAM. Very decent (for a test server.)

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Apple sells Apple Remote Desktop on the Mac App Store for $80, but you don’t have to spend any money to remotely connect to your Mac. There are free solutions — including one built into your Mac.

These solutions will let you access your Mac’s desktop remotely, whether you’re using another computer on the same local network, or you’re halfway around the world connecting to your Mac desktop from a tablet.

Screen Sharing

Your Mac contains a built-in Screen Sharing feature, which is essentially a VNC server with some extra features. This means that you can use standard VNC clients to control your Mac, and VNC clients are available for all platforms.

To enable screen sharing, click the Apple icon on the menu bar at the top of your screen and select System Preferences. Click the Sharing icon in the System Preferences window and enable the Screen Sharing checkbox.

This control panel will inform you how you can connect. If you have another Mac on the local network, you can open a Finder window, look in the Shared section of the sidebar, select the computer you want to control, and click Share Screen. If you don’t have a Mac or want to use another VNC client, you can connect to the IP address displayed here. Bear in mind that the IP address displayed above is likely an internal IP address where your Mac can be found on your local network, which means you can’t access it over the Internet without forwarding ports.

Click the Computer Settings button to set a password. If you don’t set up a password, you’ll have to agree to a confirmation dialog on the Mac every time you want to control it remotely.

If you have another Mac, you can set up Screen Sharing to work over the Internet without needing any other software. Open the System Preferences window, click the iCloud icon, check Use Back to My Mac, and go through the setup process. When you use another Mac and you’re logged into the same iCloud account, your other Mac will appear under the Shared section of the sidebar in Finder, and you can connect to its screen over the Internet.

If you want to connect to your Mac from anything that isn’t a Mac, you’ll need to forward ports to ensure the VNC is accessible. We don’t recommend this unless you know what you’re doing, as it’s more complicated and there are security concerns. If you want to connect over the Internet from another device, we recommend you use one of the below, easy-to-use alternatives to Screen Sharing.


LogMeIn recently discontinued their free remote desktop access program, but TeamViewer is still around and offering this feature for free. TeamViewer is available for Mac, just as it’s available for Windows, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, and even Windows Phone.

Download your preferred TeamViewer client from TeamViewer’s Mac download page. TeamViewer offers a full version, but you can also download a TeamViewer Host application that runs as a system service and is optimized for 24/7 access. You can use TeamViewer in several different ways — set it up to be always listening with a password, or just fire it up on your Mac and use the temporary login details when you want to use it.

TeamViewer is especially convenient because you won’t have to forward ports or worry about other detailed server configuration issues.

Chrome Remote Desktop

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If you already use Chrome, you may want to give the Google-created Chrome Remote Desktop extension a try. It works just like it does on Windows. Install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension in Chrome on your Mac, open it from the new tab page, and go through its setup process.

You’ll then be able to click the Share button to receive a temporary access code. Simply install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension in Chrome on another Mac, Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS computer and you’ll be able to connect to your Mac from the extension. You can also download the mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

You can also choose to set up the extension so you can connect remotely with a more permanent password. This is ideal for accessing your Mac over the Internet.

As with TeamViewer, this is an extremely convenient way to access your Mac that doesn’t require the usual port forwarding and other configuration process.

Apple Remote Desktop is more of an enterprise application for managing multiple desktops, although this can be a bit confusing if you’re new to Macs and are looking for an equivalent to Windows Remote Desktop. You shouldn’t need to buy Apple Remote Desktop unless you want to centrally administer a network of Macs — Screen Sharing and the other free tools here should do everything you need.

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