So maybe you’ve been bold like I have and installed Windows 8.1. And maybe you want to use the new Hyper-V portion of 8.1 and setup a VM or two to play with. In the process, you discover this great feature called Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection, which is essentially like a RDP connection for Hyper-V virtual machines. In other words, using this connection, you can now treat a VM like a full screen RDP session!
This feature was new to me and I was super excited to see it. However, when I launched it, I got the following message.
[callout] You do not have the required permission to complete this task. Contact the administrator of the authorization policy for the computer ‘MYCOMPUTERNAME’.[/callout]
If you try and select the Virtual Machine dropdown box, it says “<Error loading virtual machines>”.
It seems a bit odd to me that I can’t access VM’s located on my local machine, especially when I’m a local administrator. After looking around a bit, I found that there is a local Hyper-V Administrators group that by default is empty. Add yourself to the group by doing the following:
- Access the Computer Management interface. In Windows 7 and Windows 8, this can be found by simply searching for Computer Management.
- Expand the Local Users and Groups section and click on Groups
- Double click on the Hyper-V Administrators group
- In the Dialogue box, click Add… and then enter your user name in the box and hit OK. Hit OK again and close out of Computer Management
- One more caveat. In my experience, I needed to log out and log back into Windows for the changes to work.
After completing these steps, I was able to use the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection tool to connect to my local Hyper-V VMs with no problems whatsoever. Hope that helps, and as always, comment to let me know your thoughts. Thanks!