Hyper-V Monitor Gadget for Windows Sidebar

Created by Tore Lervik (mindre.net), The gadget can list multiple servers at once and also support vmconnect when double clicking on a VM. The gadget uses WMI to connect to the server so the user might need to follow John Howard’s guide remote WMI access (Step 5) on both the client and the Hyper-V server.

He has created a sidebar gadget so you can see what the Hyper-V server is doing from a workstation. The gadget can list multiple servers at once and also support vmconnect when double clicking on a VM.

PS: The gadget uses WMI to connect to the server so the user might need to follow John Howard’s guide remote WMI access on both the client and the Hyper-V server.

Some of the features are:

  • VM CPU graph
  • Wake on Lan support
  • VM RDP (If the host is running 2008 R2)
  • Multilanguage support.
  • Optimized performance releated to VM-RDP addresses.
  • Added ability to only display a number of VM at the time. (Good for people having more VM than fits on the screen)
  • If a VM not in the screen is off the host’s name will be red, if it’s paused or starting it will be orange.
  • Added ability to minimize a server in the monitor view. Holding mouse cursor over the Host will display information about the VM’s
  • Added option to choose what type of RDP setting to the host on a pr. host basis.
  • Added VM information when holding the mouse cursor over a VM (The gadget needs focus for this to work..)
  • Added Orange background to a VM that is running with the Health-status not beeing OK. (Happens when a VM is booting up by bluescreen)
  • Added Pause button to the VM controls.
  • Wibout Bootsma is now part of the gadget development. :)

Download here;
Hyper-V Monitor.gadget (50 kb)

Gadget

  • Host title
    Double click on the host title to launch a new Remote Desktop connection to the host.
  • Host Control
    Hover over the host title to get a set of buttons for the host if you have Wake on Lan enabled. (Shut Down or Start)
  • Host title RAM amount
    Displays the RAM amount the host has left.
  • VM title
    • If the VM supports RDP and you got vmconnect installed: Double click to launch VMConnect* to the VM and a RDP icon appears when you hold the cursor over the VM.
    • If the VM supports RDP: Double click to launch RDP to the VM.
    • If you got vmconnect installed: Double click to launch VMConnect* to the VM.
  • VM Status
    Displaying the status of the VM in both color and text.
    If the VM is running a cpu graph will be displayed.
  • VM Control
    Hover over the status to get a set of buttons for the current VM. (Start, Turn Off, Shut Down and Save)
  • Large Size (Undocked)
    You can make the gadget bigger by using the Large Size (Windows 7) or Undock it from the sidebar (Vista).

* Hyper-V Manager and VMConnect are included in Hyper-V Tools that comes with Microsoft RSAT.

Settings

  • Servers (Server manager)
    This is the list of servers that the gadget will try to connect to.
    Each server can have custom credentials or just blank user\password for default credentials.

    • Wake on lan
      Wake on Lan is now supported through the freeware wolcom.dll that can be downloaded from http://www.depicus.com/wake-on-lan/wake-on-lan-com.aspx
    • Remote desktop
      • Terminal means Remote Desktop session will be a terminal session
      • Console means Remote Desktop session will be a console (admin) session
      • Both means an additional RDP Icon will show for the Console session.
      • None means Remote Desktop is not allowed/supported by the server.
  • Refresh time (Seconds)
    How often the gadget should refresh the server information.
  • Virtual Machines
    Define the maximum number of VM’s per server visible in the gadget. When more VM’s are available, scroll buttons will be displayed.
  • Click type
    How the gadget takes mouse input. (Double or single click)
  • Server Control
    Enable\disable the Control buttons.
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