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Getting Started with ThinManager

ThinManager is a server that allows you to create remote instances on the same server. Here we are going to go through the steps required to set up a server-client connection to the Hyper-V instance containing your installation of the ThinManager 11 Server.

First, we are going to set up the necessary firewall rules and connections setting on your server so that an outside client can connect to it. The server is going to host our ThinManager Server instance.

  1. Plug in your monitor and keyboard directly into the server
  2. When you start your server, you should be given a menu that looks like this:
  1. In the “Enter number to select an option:” field, type 4 and 3 and hit Enter after each number, to select options 3 and 4.
  2. In the same field, type 14 and hit Enter, which will bring you to the standard Windows command line. In the command line, type “Powershell” and hit Enter.
  3. From the Powershell command prompt, enter these two commands to enable remote access for the Hyper-V functionality (and press Enter after each of these):
    Enable-PSRemoting
    Enable-WSManCredSSP -Role Server
  4. Next set the firewall rules with these two commands (and hit Enter after each command):
    Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)' -Enable true -PassThru
    Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Remote Event Log Management' -Enabled true -PassThru
  5. Once you have entered these commands, get the Server’s name from this variable:
    $env:computername
    and this command:
    Get-NetIPAddress
    to get the current IP address of your Server.
  6. Now switch over to the client computer. This can be any other system on the network which will be used to connect to our Hyper-V instance. Open a Powershell window with Administrator privileges to set up the required rules and settings so that you can connect to your server.
  7. Open the file, C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts with a text editor and add the server name followed by the server IP address to the last line of the file.
    1. Next in Powershell window enter these three commands to enable remote connections:
      Enable-PSRemoting
      Set-Item WSMan:\localhost\Client\TrustedHosts -Value YourServerNameHere
      Enable-WSManCredSSP -Role client -DelegateComputer YourServerNameHere
    2. Next open the “gpedit” or Group Policy Editor program by searching for it in your Windows start menu. From here in the left sidebar open the folders “Computer Confinguration > Administrative Templates > System > Credentials Delegation.
    3. From here, find the item in the right panel called “Allow delegating fresh credentials with NTLM-only server authentication” and click it. This should open a window. Click the “Enabled” button and in the first blank line enter “wsman/YourServerNameHere”.

    Finally, we will go through the steps needed to connect to your Hyper-V instance.

    1. In client, search for “Hyper-V” in your Windows start menu. If it has not been enabled go to the Windows Features box, and check the Hyper-V box, and restart the system.
      1. In the Hyper-V Manager click on the “Connect to Server…” button on the far right sidebar as shown in the following image:
        1. Once selected a pop up box should appear like this:
          1. Enter your server’s name in the “Another computer box” and then check the “Connect as another user” box and click the “Set User…” button. From there enter “YourServerNameHere\Administrator” and the password for the administrator account. This should connect you to the instance with your ThinManager Server and you can begin using the software.
          2. For more information regarding ThinManager, head to the ThinManager Support site.

Updated on October 2, 2019

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