Remote Desktop to Hyper-V and installing Guest Operating Systems


I never log on locally to my Hyper-V server, since it’s just a headless server in my “Server Room” (i.e. a storage room in the basement next to my office).  So Remote Desktop works find for most things.  However, when you’re installing a guest operating system and haven’t yet had the chance to install the Hyper-V integration services on the guest OS, you’ll likely face a conundrum should you need to use your mouse.  You can’t use the mouse via Remote Desktop on a guest OS without the Hyper-V integration services installed.  You also can’t use things like “ALT-TAB” to switch windows.

I was stuck installing Windows XP in a VM because of this.  I resolved it by going full-screen on the guest OS.  This allows you to use “ALT-TAB” at least, which allowed me to hit OK on a modal dialog that didn’t have focus initially.

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