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Very basic question unanswered from Googling:

I've installed Hyper-V Core, configured the network, created a new VM and set a DVD drive with an ISO of a Windows XP installation disc assigned to it. The VM has started.

What software do I use and what steps do I take to now view and interact with the VM - an equivalent of vSphere Client? I will need to do it from a remote machine, preferably running Windows 7.

I've read a lot about remote management of the Core instance, but that is not what I am aiming for.

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Remote Management of the hyper-v core is what you're looking for.

It's included in RSAT for the different versions of Windows. Use RSAT on Windows 7 to manage Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V, and RSAT on Windows 8 to manage Windows 2012 Hyper-V.

Also - you can just use RDP to the Windows XP VM, like you would to any other computer.

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Can I connect an RDP session to the VM while it is installing Windows, i.e. before the OS is properly running? – Daniel Oct 23 '12 at 14:43
You can connect to the console of the VM by using the HYPER-V management tools by installing the RSAT on your management computer, as pauska has stated in the answer. – joeqwerty Oct 23 '12 at 14:51
Once you've installed the Hyper-V RSAT tools, you can also launch c:\Program Files\Hyper-V\vmconnect.exe and connect to a VM console directly without needing to load the Hyper-V manager. – longneck Oct 23 '12 at 16:19

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