Looking at 5nine Manager for Hyper-V

Looking at 5nine Manager for Hyper-V

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This has been on my “to do” list for a while now – but I have finally got around to checking out the 5nine Manager for Hyper-V (http://5nine.com/5nine-manager-for-hyper-v.aspx).

If you are unaware of this product – it is a management solution that is basically designed to replace the Hyper-V management tools that ship with Windows.  One big advantage though – is that the 5nine Manager can be run on Windows Server core installations (unlike our tools).

You can download a free-but-limited version of the tools or, after trying out a trial, pay $119 for the full version.  I tried out both – but will talk about the full version first.

I setup a core installation of Hyper-V and installed the tools – which was quick and easy.  They even offered to enable (the required) .Net features for me automatically.

For the most part these tools let you do pretty much everything that you would expect.  You can create and manage virtual machines, interact with them and change their settings.  You can also manage virtual hard disks and virtual networks:

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One feature that I found particularly useful was the performance view:

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Which gave you quick access to some fairly detailed information about what was happening inside the virtual machine.  Given all this, I would have no qualms with recommending the full version for managing a server core installation locally.  But what about the free version?  Well, unsurprisingly, it is a lot less capable.

You essentially get the same user interface – only now you cannot:

  • Interact with the virtual machine (you can see a thumbnail of the desktop – but you cannot send keystrokes / mouse commands)
  • Change any virtual machine settings

That said, you can still:

  • See the state of virtual machines
  • Read the virtual machine settings
  • Start / stop virtual machines
  • See performance information
  • Configure virtual networks / virtual hard disks

In my mind this makes the free version a great “rescue tool”.  You are not going to be able to use it for day-to-day management of Hyper-V – but if you were using the built in management tools from a remote computer, and hit a problem with remote management,  the free 5nine Hyper-V manager would be a handy tool to have to let you take corrective action.

Either way – if you are a heavy user of core installations of Hyper-V (or of the free Hyper-V server) it is well worth your time to have a look at this tool.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • It appears to be the same as vtCommander?

    Btw check out another cool tool for RemoteApp publishing in VMs: sites.google.com/.../remoteapptool

  • Remoteapp tool is very different from 5nine Manager with Monitor. It is unfinished utility, does not have any Hyper-V Monitoring/Troubleshooting. Below is the description of that tool from its web site:

    "RemoteApp Tool is a GUI tool that allows you to create/manage hosted RemoteApps on Windows 7 (+xp+vista) as well as automatically generate RDP files to use on the clients".

  • 5nine Manager for Hyper-V indeed has very useful VM performance view that enables real-time monitoring, alerting and troubleshooting of Hyper-V environments - with or without GUI.

  • xpclient - you are correct that this is also sold as vtCommander (it is the same product)

  • 5nines has added Performance View/Monitoring to original OEM-ed vtcommander.

  • Does anyone still has the 5nine Hyper-V manager free installer, can somebody provide a download link ?

  • New free version of 5nine Manager supporting Windows 8 (Hyper-V 3.0), Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V  Server 2008 will be available for download from 5nine web site shortly.

  • A new version of the product mentioned in this post (a.k.a. vtCommander) is available on VT Technology site who developed and owns this product: http://vtUtilities.com

    This new version does support Hyper-V 3.0 and can be used to manage Hyper-V on both Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Windows Server 2008 R2...

  • Hi-New FREE version of 5nine Manager for Hyper-V is now available

    www.5nine.com/5nine-manager-for-hyper-v-product.aspx

    Also FULL version with agentless anti-malware is at

    www.5nine.com/windows8-server2012-anti-virus-anti-malware-and-virtual-firewall-essentials.aspx .

    It works on Windows  Server 2012, 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

  • It seems that 5nine released a new product and it’s now distributing Microsoft RDC (Terminal Services Client) binaries with it. More specifically, their product installer simply copies 2 Microsoft DLLs mstscax.dll and msacm32.dll to their program directory.  

    Ben, Is it legal to distribute aforementioned Microsoft Components that are part of the Windows OS , but are not part of free Hyper-V Server? What is Microsoft standing on this matter?

  • We are double-checking the related Microsoft EULAs now. If such use is not permitted - we simply will not copy these files, and advice users to install required Microsoft Framework(s) from Microsoft site(s). Thanks!

  • We are checking with Micorsoft Legal on re-distribution of these components. If adviced - will revert setup to its previous version and remove this framework.

  • To avoid any questions - we have removed these 2 mentioned DLLs from

    the installation. Now 5nine Manager for Hyper-V setup does not install

    these Win components and we are using custom stub. Thanks.

  • To avoid any questions - we have removed these 2 mentioned DLLs from

    the installation. Now 5nine Manager for Hyper-V setup does not install

    these Win components and we are using custom stub. Thanks.

  • Looks like 5nine released NEW version 4.0 of its Manager for Hyper-V. New features include:

    •Ability to manage Hyper-V clusters and live-migrate VMs between the nodes

    •New FreeRDP VMConnect control

    •New Agentless Anti-virus for VMs and Hosts in PLUS version

    •Conversion of VMs between clustered and not clustered states

    •Storage migration without the need to stop running VMs

    •Agentless antivirus for full system VM scans and Host protection

    •Support of Fibre Channel virtual adapters and assigning them to VMs

    •Hyper-V Virtual Switch extensions management

    •Shared Nothing Live Migration of VMs from one host to another over a network cable

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