By Doug Lowe

To manage Hyper-V, you use the Hyper-V Manager, shown here. To start this program, click the Start button, type Hyper-V, and then choose Hyper-V Manager.

Hyper-V Manager.

Hyper-V Manager.

The Hyper-V Manager window is divided into five panes:

  • Navigation: On the left side of the window is a navigation pane that lists the Hyper-V hosts, which Hyper-V calls virtualization servers. Here, just one host is listed: a Windows computer. In an enterprise environment where you have more than one host, each of the hosts will be listed in this pane.

  • Virtual Machines: This pane lists the virtual machines that are defined for the selected host. In the figure, you can see several Hyper-V virtual machines — a couple of Linux machines, a Windows 10 machine, and a couple of Windows Server 2016 machines.

  • Checkpoints: In Hyper-V, a checkpoint is a recovery point for a virtual machine. You can create a checkpoint when you’re going to make a modification to a virtual machine. Then, if something goes wrong, you can revert to the checkpoint.

  • Virtual machine summary pane: Below the Checkpoints pane is a pane that provides summary information for the virtual machine selected in the Virtual Machines pane. You can see the summary information for one of the Windows Server 2016 machines. This pane has three tabs: Summary, Memory, and Networking. In the figure, the Memory tab is selected so you can see the memory that has been allocated to the machine.

  • Actions: The Actions tab contains buttons you can click to initiate actions for the selected host (DOUG-2014-I7) and the selected machine (WIN2016).