Free Hyper-V Configuration – Documents

The Free ManageEngine Hyper V Configuration tool helps the Administrator to configure Hyper V virtual servers in the IT infrastructure.

This tool makes connection with Hyper V server and generates easy to visualize desktop reports and graphs. Using the tool, Administrator can monitor and configure, Hyper V servers from remote location.

Getting Started

ManageEngine Hyper-V configuration tool helps an Administrator to configure Hyper-V Servers.

Start the tool, this will take you to Settings window, from there, Administrator can make connection.

Settings Screen

Click on the settings icon to fill the following details.

Click on the "Connect" button to connect to the Hyper -V server running on Windows 2008 R2.

This will connect to the Hyper V server and populate Hyper V server details view.

How to Configure ?

This tool supports configuring four types of resources in a Hyper V host. They are Power Operations, Boot Order, CPU allocation and RAM allocation. When a user wants to configure a Virtual Machine, the configuration screen can be invoked by clicking on the "Configure VM" text on the top right corner of the tool.

Power Operations

In the Power operations tab, the first information provided to the user, is to identify the last time the configuration was changed. Next, the Virtual Machine's current power status is provided. After this, the list of power options is given to the user. Only options which are possible, based on Virtual Machine's current power state, is enabled to user. The rest of the power options are disabled.

 

For example. When a Virtual Machine is currently switched on, all the other power options like Pause, Suspend and Power Off are possible for the user. The Power On option will be disabled, since the Virtual machine is already power on.

Change the required power state and click "apply" button, to commit the changes on the Hyper V server.

Boot Order

Typically, a Virtual Machine boots up from one of the various hardware sources, where it can look up for an Operating System. Few devices can be configured to provide the Operating System. They are listed below.

The order in which these devices have to be looked up can be configured for a Virtual Machine running the Microsoft Hyper-V host. By default, these devices are listed in a particular order. If the user prefers to change the order, then the "Up" or "Down" button has to be pressed. By the pressing the "Up" button, the selected row is moved up or down correspondingly.

After changing the rows to the preferred order, the user need to click the "Apply" button

CPU

The processing power of the computer can be increased or decreased based on the load on these Virtual Machines. The CPU can be allocated based on the number of physical CPU cores present in the host machine.

The first field provides the number of physical CPU cores present in that machine. The user can enter any number between 1 and the number provided in the total number of physical CPU cores. Click on Apply button to apply the changes in the Virtual Machine.

RAM

There are two types of configuration is possible with this tool.

Fixed Allocation

Fixed RAM for start-up - available in Windows 2008 R2.

specify the fixed RAM value in the editable field and click Apply button to commit the changes.

Flexible Allocation

It is available in Windows 2008 R2 sp1 onwards

Fill the Minimum startup RAM, Maximum RAM and The Memory Buffer and click the Apply button and the above configuration will be committed in the server.

Threshold Setting

Using this tool, administrator can also set threshold values for CPU usage, like critical and warning thresholds.

Click the settings icon,There are some threshold parameters for the host that is monitored. They are as follows.

set required value in the respective field, Click Apply to setting to take effect.

Refresh Interval

Click the setting icon, set the refresh Interval to desired value . Click Apply to take effect.

Data will be refreshed at an interval specified as the refresh interval ( 5mins by default). This interval has to be given in minutes. The maximum value that can be provided is 14400, which is the time for 10 days. Based on the value provided each Hyper V host will be polled

Refresh

To know the server's current status please use the Refresh icon. When the refresh icon is clicked the latest values of all the VM parameters are fetched and displayed in the GUI.

Retaining Settings

The following details are saved in the disk so that the hosts parameters can be reused when the tool is restarted.

The following values are not retained and have to be provided everytime the tool is restarted.