Setting Up Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 in a Workgroup

There are three main steps to complete this rather difficult task:

– Setup Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 to accept connections
– Setup Remote Server Management on desktop machine
– Setup Hyper-V Management on desktop machine

For the detailed step see:

Ben Armstrong’s Virtualization Blog – Configuring Remote Management of Hyper-V Server – in a Workgroup

Public Jotting – Hyper-V Server 2012 and remote hyper-v management in a workgroup (on windows 8 client)

Nearly Deaf  –  Setting up Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 in a workgroup

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Configuration Manager 2012

Installing Workgroup Client in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Just install the Configuration Manager client on a workgroup machine. Here are the steps I followed:

  1. Create and import a local computer PFX file for the workgroup machine
  2. Export then Import the Root Certificate
  3. Navigate to the share: \\server\sms_pri\client
  4. The client must be manually installed on each workgroup computer. Run the install command: ccmsetup.exe /UsePKICert /NoCRLCheck SMSMP=HTTPS://server.domain.net SMSSITECODE=A01 DNSSUFFIX=domain.net SMSSLP=HTTPS://server.domain.net
  5. Approve the client in the Configuration Manager console


  • Workgroup clients cannot locate their default management point from Active Directory
  • Active Directory discovery methods will not discover computers in workgroups
  • Advertisements targeted to users are not possible

For more good info see Chris Sugdinis’s post, Peter van der Woude post regarding certificate creation and of course the TechNet site.