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Microsoft Service Designer in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Create your own Services

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Service Designer in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 

Service Templates are authored in the new VMM Service Template designer. Typically when you are creating a service template, deployment specific information like hosts and load balancers is not available – you just know you need a host for the VM or a load balancer for the service but don’t know or care if it is Microsoft Hyper-V host vs. VMware ESX host or F5 Big IP load balancer vs. Citrix Netscaler load balancer.

This is a screenshot of the new VMM Service Designer. It gives you a simple drag and drop interface for defining and deploying new Services.

Service Template and Instance – Single Tier Service

Let’s take a quick look at simple single tier service template and an instance created from it. If you have a VM template that has the OS/hardware information, you can create a Service Template with this VM template to deploy a Service with one or more instances of the machine.
As a next step, you can imagine adding roles/features and applications to the Service definition and deploying a Service that can have one or more instances by default, and can choose to mark it as scalable. This gives a high level idea of how you can build on your existing knowledge of VM templates to author and deploy services.

Here you see the steps in SCVMM2012 Realease Candidate version :

I created from the SCVMM2012 Console a Services.

I added a Machine Tier to the Service.

Browsing in my Library

Here you can set additional properties to the Machine Tier.


In this step you can manage the Harware configuration of the Machine Tier.

In the this step you can manage settings like :

    • Indentity information
    • Admin Password
    • Productkey
    • Time zone
    • Operating System
    • Roles and Features
    • Networking, Domain or Workgroup
    • Scripts

In this step you can select the Operating System(s) wich can run the application.

In this step you can add a SQL Server profile or just add a new SQL Server in the Machine Tier.

A summary of the Machine Tier is shown, here you can also copy the Complete PowerShell Script wich is made by SCVMM2012. Handy for System Center Orchestrator 2012 or Opalis.

Powershell Script of the Machine Tear creation.

A simple service is made, you add virtual applications to this Service.

Don”t forget to save 😉

More information on Services in SCVMM 2012

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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

One thought on “Microsoft Service Designer in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Create your own Services

  1. Pingback: Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 RC and Integration Pack for AD Beta « mountainss SystemCenter Blog

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