We are relocating our office and a Hyper-V Server 2008 was shutdown for the move. At the new location, after connecting the cables and powering it up, I realise I can no longer access the VM on it at a fixed static IP.

I connected a monitor, keyboard and mouse directly to the server and logged in only to find 2 command prompt, one black and one blue background, with the latter running sconfig.cmd with a bunch of options like setting network settings, computer name, add local administrator, log off, shutdown etc.

How can I view the list of VMs configured on the server and see their status and boot them up?

After much research, and trial and errors, here is my situation:

The DC responsible for the Hyper-V server is located in another country and I do not have VPN access to the DC's site. Using Hyper-V Manager, I get RPC service error most probably due to password expiry and I have no way to refresh the password on Hyper-V.

I need a way to start VM on the command prompt itself. Thanks.

  • Ouch. Just read the comment. Nasty. THere is something to be said about having a DC locally all the time. And VPN hardware. – TomTom Aug 4 '13 at 16:56
  • I am unfamiliar with Hyper-V, that is why I am hitting blocks every step. I went back to the fundamentals and found the solution eventually. – Jake Aug 4 '13 at 17:20
  • Yeah. the problem now looks seriously different. A real word of warning - never do that. Try to keep a physical DC locally, better two. If you run windows VM's then use WIndows as Hyper-V host - unless you are large it is totally acceptable to run a DC on the hardware server, then hyper-v for additional virtual machines, DC / DNS roles are very low cpu usage. – TomTom Aug 4 '13 at 17:24
  • Our company has a complicated IT structure and I have limited authority over the said server. I have posted my finding as answer. Thanks for your help, the tools documentation did somewhat help. – Jake Aug 4 '13 at 17:27
  • Been there, done that. Terrible terrible terrible life.Enterprises have something in ther DNA that makes a sane IT environment hard to have. I feel with you. At least it works again. Properly documnt it in case of a power failure (and those DO happen, even in data centers). – TomTom Aug 4 '13 at 17:29

There are lots of libraries and GUI tools to manage Hyper-V as suggested by TomTom and also includes the MMC Hyper-V Manager Microsoft provides. However, all these tools assumes a particular set up before they can actually connect and be useful.

If you are really messed up and have only the server core installation, in a different domain, with a expired cached administrator username/password, no access to DCs, and no idea what the VM name is, the powershell commands will come in handy (it's probably the only way to start the VM given this scenario).

#The name of the virtual machine to be started
$VMName = "Windows Server 2003"

#Get the VM Object
$query = "SELECT * FROM Msvm_ComputerSystem WHERE ElementName='" + $VMName + "'"
$VM = get-wmiobject -query $query -namespace "root\virtualization" -computername "."

#Request a state change on the VM
$Result = $VM.RequestStateChange(2)

By the way, to start powershell on Server Core installation where you are greeted by the blue (sconfig.cmd) and black commad prompt windows, type "powershell" in the black command line prompt.

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Powershell. Various additional tools. Or just use sconfig to reestablish networkng (change ip setup) and then use a server / workstation to manage it, like before.


is a powershell library to manage Hyper-V.


is a UI for Hyper-V.

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  • I did not set up the VM. "then use a server / workstation to manage" how? I have the IP of Hyper-V x.x.2.103 by going through the options on the 2 command prompts. I have tried the UI for Hyper-V. It says host not reachable. I also see options on the Hyper-V o allow/disallow remote management and MMC. All too many options. – Jake Aug 4 '13 at 10:55
  • I have VMware EXSI and when it boots, all the VM just boots together. And vSphere is a no brainer... – Jake Aug 4 '13 at 10:56
  • I have downloaded pshyperv and tried to install on my windows 7 and I get a bunch of errors. I read the documentation PDF and it doesn't say where to install. I suppose it needs to be installed on the Hyper-V server itself? I don't know how to do it.. – Jake Aug 4 '13 at 11:07
  • Sorry, this is not a place for an end user. If you did not set this up, ask your admin or hire someone whith the knowledge to manage your hardware. Hyper-V also start up machines automatically - if the admin asked for it. If they got manually shut down before the server was shut down - that was an admin decision. – TomTom Aug 4 '13 at 11:18
  • How is this an end user question? I am trying to administrate the server! If I set the thing up before, or if I knew how to do it, I would not need to ask here, right? I work in a situation where all the servers on the rack except this Hyper-V is done by me, and I wasn't given prior warning that the VMs were set to manual boot before I shut it down for the relocation. – Jake Aug 4 '13 at 12:01

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