I recently made the switch from VMware to Hyper-V Server 2012. For the most part the transition has gone well however I recently ran into an issue with connecting to my Hyper-V server from Windows 8 Hyper-V Manager. After chasing the issue for several hours I finally came across the solution. My particular environment is configured using a Workgroup and not an AD Domain. If you aren’t familiar with configuring Hyper-v Server and your management workstation for a workgroup setup you can read more about specific configuration steps here. Part of the configuration requires that you create a local user account with the same username/password combination that you use to login to your Windows 8 machine. After successfully configuring the Hyper-V and using Hyper-V Manager on Windows 8 I had zero issues for several months. Today I attempted to connect to my remote Hyper-V Server and received the following error. Cannot connect to the RPC service on computer ‘your server’. Make sure your RPC service is running.” After researching the error for a few hours I came across another post someone experience the same issue that was caused by a password expiration on the Hyper-V server. Simply resetting the password resolved the issue. Here are the steps.
- Open Remote Desktop and connect to your Hyper-V Server
- Login to your Hyper-V Server using the same user account that you login to your management workstation (Windows 8 in my case). This will be the same account that you previously added to the Hyper-V server as part of the workgroup configuration.
- You will be prompted with a message indicating that your password has expired. Reset your password. Note that you can reuse passwords so resetting the password to the old password surprisingly worked for me.
- Open Hyper-V Manager and connect to your Hyper-V Server … you should no longer receive the error.