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I have a Windows 2008 R2 Core server running Hyper-v, for some reason, I am not able to use the Hyper-V manager to connect this server remotely(RPC service unavailable error). I am still able to use remote desktop to connect to the Hyper-V server. Is there any command to stop and start a VM inside the server?

I know there's a Powershell Management Library for Hyper-v, but I prefer not use any 3rd party tool if Windows 2008 server can do it.

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Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2 does not have built-in support for PowerShell cmdlets (there is built-in support for Server 2012). If you want to use PS, you'll need to install the PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V from Codeplex. Even though it is not an official Microsoft product, they do coordinate on its development and it is generally considered safe.

Using Hyper-V manager remotely may require you to perform some additional steps (depending on how your server is configured). Are the server and management workstations domain joined? Do you have firewalls enabled?

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"RPC service is unavailable" is a generic network connectivity error, so +1 for firewall settings. I would also do a "winrm qc" because I think the hyper-v console uses winrm. –  longneck Aug 17 '12 at 23:03
    
Thanks for the suggestion. I had tried the solutions I can find for RPC error: disable firewall, restart winmgmt, use hvremote script to check the problem. The only thing I haven't done is to reboot the server. –  garconcn Aug 17 '12 at 23:26
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