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What’s New in VMM for System Center 2012

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Updated: September 8, 2011
Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager for System Center 2012 Release Candidate

The following is a list of some of the new tasks that you can perform in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) for System Center 2012. For an overview of VMM, see Overview of VMM for System Center 2012.

Deploying VMM 

Task For more information
Install a highly available VMM management server Installing a Highly Available VMM Management Server in VMM

Configuring Security in VMM 

Task For more information
Create Run As accounts to provide the necessary credentials for performing operations in VMM Configuring Run As Accounts in VMM
Use the new capabilities available to the Delegated Administrator and Self-Service User user roles to give users the ability to perform tasks that are new to VMM Creating User Roles in VMM
Create a Read-Only Administrator user role Creating User Roles in VMM

Configuring Fabric Resources in VMM 

Task For more information
Discover physical computers on the network (for example, bare-metal computers), automatically install the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system, and convert the computers into managed Hyper-V hosts Adding Physical Computers as Hyper-V Hosts Overview
Use the VMM console to create a Hyper-V cluster from two or more stand-alone Hyper-V hosts that are managed by VMM Creating and Modifying Hyper-V Host Clusters in VMM
Use Citrix XenServer as a virtual machine host Managing Citrix XenServer Overview
Use the VMM console to configure networking resources (for example, logical networks, IP address pools, and load balancers) to be used to deploy virtual machines and services Configuring Networking Overview
Use the VMM console to configure the storage resources (for example, storage classifications, logical units, and storage pools) to be used by Hyper-V hosts and host clusters Configuring Storage Overview
Scan servers (for example, Hyper-V hosts and library servers) for update compliance based on an update baseline, view update compliance status, and perform update remediation by using a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server Managing Fabric Updates in VMM
Perform resource balancing by migrating virtual machines within host clusters that support live migration (Dynamic Optimization) Configuring Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization in VMM
Turn off hosts that are not needed to meet resource requirements within a host cluster and then turn the hosts back on when they are needed again (Power Optimization) Configuring Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization in VMM

Deploying Virtual Machines and Services in a Private Cloud in VMM 

Task For more information
Create a private cloud by combining hosts and networking, storage, and library resources together Creating a Private Cloud in VMM Overview
Use Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) to sequence applications to be deployed by VMM Microsoft Server Application Virtualization
Create a custom capability profile to limit the resources that are used by virtual machines that are created in a private cloud How to Create a Private Cloud from Host Groups
Create an application profile that provides instructions for installing Microsoft Server App-V applications, Microsoft Web Deploy applications, and Microsoft SQL Server data-tier applications (DACs), as well as for running scripts when deploying a virtual machine as part of a service How to Create an Application Profile
Create a SQL Server profile that provides instructions for customizing an instance of Microsoft SQL Server for a SQL Server DAC application when deploying a virtual machine as part of a service How to Create a SQL Server Profile
Deploy virtual machines to private clouds by using virtual machine templates Creating and Deploying Virtual Machines in VMM
Use the Service Template Designer to create service templates that can be used to deploy services Creating Service Templates in VMM
Deploy services to private clouds or hosts by using a service template Creating and Deploying Services in VMM
Scale out a service (add additional virtual machines to a deployed service) Scaling Out a Service in VMM
Update a service (make changes to a deployed service) Updating a Service in VMM
Export and import service templates (and virtual machine templates) Exporting and Importing Service Templates in VMM

Additional information

The following are some other differences in VMM for System Center 2012 that you might need to consider:

  • Self-service users can now use the VMM console instead of the VMM Self-Service Portal to perform tasks, such as deploying virtual machines and services.
  • SQL Server Express is no longer supported for the VMM database.
  • Virtual machine hosts that are running Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 are no longer supported.
  • Virtual machine hosts that are running VMware ESX 3.0 or ESXi 3.0 are no longer supported.
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Author: James van den Berg

I'm Microsoft Architect and ICT Specialist and Microsoft MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management

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