Configure Hyper-V

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

You can configure the server running Hyper-V by modifying Hyper-V settings. You can use these settings to specify where certain files are stored by default and control interactions such as keyboard combinations and logon credentials.

There are two categories of Hyper-V settings:

  • Server settings, which specify the default location of virtual hard disks and virtual machines.

  • User settings, which enable you to customize interactions with Virtual Machine Connection, and display messages and wizard pages if you hid them previously. Settings for Virtual Machine Connection include the mouse release key and Windows key combinations.

To configure Hyper-V settings

  1. Open Hyper-V Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.

  2. In the Actions pane, click Hyper-V Settings.

  3. In the navigation pane, click the setting that you want to configure.

  4. Click OK to save the changes and close Hyper-V Settings, or click Apply to save the changes and configure other settings.

Additional considerations

  • By default, membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. However, an administrator can use Authorization Manager to modify the authorization policy so that a user or group of users can complete this procedure. For more information, see Using Authorization Manager for Hyper-V Security (

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