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Overview of System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager #SCVMM #sysctr

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Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling you to configure and manage your virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you have created.

Deploying VMM

A deployment of VMM consists of the following:

Name Description
VMM management server The computer on which the Virtual Machine Manager service runs and which processes commands and controls communications with the VMM database, the library server, and virtual machine hosts.
VMM database A Microsoft SQL Server database that stores VMM configuration information.
VMM console The program that allows you to connect to a VMM management server to centrally view and manage physical and virtual resources, such as virtual machine hosts, virtual machines, services, and library resources.
VMM library The catalog of resources (for example, virtual hard disks, templates, and profiles) that are used to deploy virtual machines and services.

A library server hosts shared folders that are used to store file-based resources in the VMM library.

VMM command shell The Windows PowerShell-based command shell that makes available the cmdlets that perform all functions in VMM.
VMM Self-Service Portal (optional)

noteNote
In System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the VMM Self-Service Portal has been removed. 

 

A web site that users who are assigned to a self-service user role can use to deploy and manage their own virtual machines to private clouds.

For information about deploying VMM, see Deploying Virtual Machine Manager.

Configuring Security for VMM

You can perform the following tasks to configure security in VMM.

Task Description For more information
Create user roles Create self-service users, delegated administrators, and read-only administrators to ensure users can perform the appropriate actions on the appropriate resources in VMM. Creating User Roles in VMM
Configure Run As accounts Create Run As accounts to provide the necessary credentials for performing operations in VMM. Configuring Run As Accounts in VMM

Configuring Fabric Resources in VMM

VMM enables you to configure and manage the following resources. These resources need to be configured before you can deploy virtual machines and services to a private cloud or to virtual machine hosts.

Resource Description For more information
Virtual machine hosts Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and VMware ESX hosts and host clusters on which you will deploy virtual machines and services.

You can create host groups to organize your hosts based on physical site location, resource allocation, or some other criteria.

Adding and Managing Hyper-V Hosts and Host Clusters in VMM

Managing Citrix XenServer Overview

Managing VMware ESX Hosts Overview

Creating Host Groups Overview

Networking Networking resources, such as logical networks, IP address pools, and load balancers that are used to deploy virtual machines and services. Configuring Networking Overview
Storage Storage resources, such as storage classifications, logical units, and storage pools that are made available to Hyper-V hosts and host clusters. Configuring Storage Overview
Library servers and library shares A catalog of resources (for example, virtual hard disks, templates, and profiles) that are used to deploy virtual machines and services. Configuring the Library Overview

Deploying Virtual Machines and Services in a Private Cloud in VMM

After you have configured your hosts and your networking, storage, and library resources, you can perform the following tasks to deploy virtual machines and services in VMM.

In VMM, a service is a set of virtual machines that are configured and deployed together and are managed as a single entity. For example, a deployment of a multi-tier line of business application.

 

Task Description For more information
Create private clouds Combine hosts and networking, storage, and library resources together to create a private cloud. Creating a Private Cloud in VMM Overview
Create sequenced applications Use Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) to sequence applications to be deployed by VMM. Microsoft Server Application Virtualization
Create profiles Create profiles (hardware profiles, guest operating system profiles, application profiles, and SQL Server profiles) that will be used in a virtual machine template to deploy virtual machines.

For example, an application profile provides instructions for installing Microsoft Server App-V applications, Microsoft Web Deploy applications, and Microsoft SQL Server data-tier applications (DACs), and for running scripts when deploying a virtual machine as part of a service.

Creating Profiles in VMM
Create virtual machine templates Create virtual machine templates that can be used to create new virtual machines and to configure tiers in services. How to Create a Virtual Machine Template
Create service templates Use the Service Template Designer to create service templates that can be used to deploy services. Creating Service Templates in VMM
Deploy virtual machines Deploy virtual machines to private clouds or hosts by using virtual machine templates. Creating and Deploying Virtual Machines in VMM
Deploy services 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

Managing the VMM Environment

You can perform the following tasks to manage the servers, virtual machines, and services in your VMM environment.

Task Description For more information
Manage update compliance of servers (for example, Hyper-V hosts and library servers) Scan servers (for example, Hyper-V hosts and library servers) for update compliance, view update compliance status, and perform update remediation by using a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server. Managing Fabric Updates in VMM
Monitor the health and performance of virtual machines and their hosts and provide reports Use Operations Manager with VMM and enable Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO). Configuring Operations Manager Integration with VMM

 

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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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