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SCVMM RU7

Introduction

This article describes the issues that are fixed in Update Rollup 7 for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). There are three updates available for System Center 2012 R2 VMM. One update for Servers, one update for the Guest Agent, and one update for the Administrator Console. Additionally, this article contains the installation instructions for Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 R2 VMM.

Features that are added in this update rollup

  • Support for Windows 10 Client Operating SystemAfter you install this update, you can provision and customize Windows 10 Client Virtual Machines (VMs). This support does not include installing Virtual Machine Manager Console on Windows 10 operating system clients.
  • Support for new Linux Operating SystemsAfter you install this update, you can provision and customize Debian 8 Linux as a Guest Operating System.
  • Support for VMWare vCenter 5.5 management scenariosWith Update Rollup 6, we announced support for basic management scenarios for vCenter 5.5. Based upon our plans for vCenter and VMM integration and supportability, we are announcing a broader supportability matrix to manage vCenter instances in the VMM console.

    For a complete list of scenarios that are supported, click here.

  • Support for Multiple External IP Addresses per Virtual NetworkYou can now have multiple external IP Addresses assigned to a single Virtual Network if you have Update Rollup 7 or a later version installed in your VMM environment.

    Update Rollup 7 includes the ability to set multiple IP addresses for NAT in VMM by using PowerShell. This update raises the capability to a higher level in the stack by having support in VMM for the Fabric Administrator.

    How do I use this functionality?

    $natConnection = Add-SCNATConnection -Name “NAT_Connection1_NatConnection” -VMNetworkGateway $VmNetworkGateway -ExternalIPPool $externalIpPoolVar -ExternalIPAddress “30.30.30.50”

    $natConnection = Add-SCNATConnection -Name “NAT_Connection2_NatConnection” -VMNetworkGateway $VmNetworkGateway -ExternalIPPool $externalIpPoolVar -ExternalIPAddress “30.30.30.51”

    After examining deeply all the pieces in the stack, we realized that the delivery of an effective and reliable solution requires additional work and will not fit into a single UR release. Therefore, we are delivering the ability to set multiple IP addresses per virtual network by using an HNV NAT Gateway in a phased manner.

    A future update rollup for VMM will explore the properties through the complete stack and provide the following functionality all the way through Windows Azure Pack (WAP).

    • When you add a new NAT Rule, a tenant can now use an existing external address or specify a new one.
    • You can let the WAP Administrator set quotas for the external IP addresses that are enabled per user role within the cloud.

    We understand that there is lots of demand around this feature based on the amount of customer feedback that we have received. We are planning to deliver end-to-end support for this feature.

  • Option to Reassociate Orphaned virtual machines to their Service or VM roleIf you ever had to remove a host that hosted Service or VM role virtual machines, and you wanted to wave a magic wand to reassociate a virtual machine to its service or VM role after the host is recommissioned to VMM, we have the solution for you in Update Rollup 7.

    You can now reassociate an orphaned virtual machine to its service or VM role after the host server is recommissioned to VMM.

    For more information, click here.

  • Support for VMM DHCP Extension PXE/TFP ForwardingAdministrators who depend on PXE to set up virtual machines or hosts can now perform a PXE boot by directly taking advantage of VMM DHCP extensions.

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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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