Remote manage Hyper-V host without domain

While setting up a test Hyper-V lab I have been doing a few steps to remotely manage both Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 machines. Both machines are in a WORKGROUP. To make remote management of Hyper-V possible a few steps are required.

Step 1

Enable WinRM on both machines. This can be done trough an elevated command prompt. The command used for enabling WinRM is:

  • winrm quickconfig


Step 2

On the Hyper-V Management client open cmd.exe as administrator and add the server as a trusted hosts. Here you can comma separate to add multiple machines.

  • winrm set winrm/config/client @{TrustedHosts=”PC-I5″}

Step 3

On the Hyper-V Management client add credentials to make the connection possible.

  • cmdkey /add:PC-I5 /user:ADMINISTRATOR /pass:Password

Step 4

The last step that needs to be done is allowing Remote Access for Anonymous Logon. This has to be configured on the Hyper-V Management client. This can be done by following the next steps.

  • Type ‘dcomcnfg.exe’ in the Windows Search field and run this as admin.

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  • Right click my computer and click properties.

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  • Go to the tab COM Security and click ‘Edit Limits’

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  • Allow ‘Remote Access’ by ‘ANONYMOUS LOGON’

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  • Click ‘OK’ and start Hyper-V Manager again. At this point you’re able to manage the Hyper-V host remotely.

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