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SCVMM 2008 Step by Step Guide. (Part One of Many)

System Center Virtual Machine Manager provides centralized administration and management of your virtual machine infrastructure, helps increase physical server utilization, and enables rapid provisioning of new virtual machines by the VMM administrator and authorized end users.

Today I will start the series for explain and configure the most important features and tasks in it.

Components of VMM

VMM has many components with different tasks and scope, the main components are:

  • Virtual Machine Manager Server

  • Virtual Machine Host

  • Virtual Machine Library Server

  • Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console

  • Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal

  • Virtual Machine Manager Agent

Virtual Machine Manager Server
The VMM server is the main component of any deployment as it is responsible for any communication between the VMM service and the rest of components and VMs.

The VMM server runs the VMM service, which runs commands, transfers files, and controls communications with other VMM components and with all virtual machine hosts and VMM library servers, collectively referred to as managed computers. The VMM service is run through the VMM agents that are installed on the managed computers.

The VMM server also connects to a SQL Server database that stores all VMM configuration information. You can access this information and configure VMM by using the VMM Administrator console.

Virtual Machine Host
A virtual machine host is a physical computer that hosts one or more virtual machines. You can add one or more hosts to VMM by using the Add Hosts Wizard in the VMM Administrator Console. The host can be Hyper-V server, Virtual Server 2005 R2 with Service Pack 1 and ESX server. VMM 2008 support management of VMware infrastructure V3. This is one of the new features introduced in VMM 2008.
When you add a host, VMM automatically installs an agent on the host and in case the host was windows 2008 ® it install Hyper-V role if it is not installed.

Virtual Machine Library Server
The Virtual Machine Manager Library server has a VMM library, which is a catalog of resources that can be used to create and configure virtual machines in VMM. The library contains files stored on library shares, and it can contain file-based resources such as:

  • Virtual hard disks.

  • Virtual floppy disks.

  • ISO images and scripts.

  • Virtual machine templates.

  • Hardware profiles.

  • Guest operating system profiles, which can be used to create virtual machines

  • Stored virtual machines that are not in use.

When you add a library server, VMM automatically installs an agent on the library server.
For more information about library servers, see the “Library” topic in VMM Help (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=98640).

Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console
The VMM Administrator Console is a graphical user interface (GUI) that you use to:

  • Create, deploy, and manage virtual machines.

  • Monitor and manage hosts and library servers.

  • Manage global configuration settings.

VMM Console

VMM Console

Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal
The VMM Self-Service Portal is Web-based component that a VMM administrator can configure to allow end users to create and manage their own virtual machines within a controlled environment.
The VMM administrator defines self-service policies that determine which templates self-service users can use to create virtual machines, how many virtual machines they can deploy, which hosts their virtual machines can run on, and which actions they can take on their virtual machines. For more information about self-service, see the “About Virtual Machine Self-Service” topic in VMM Help (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=98644).

Virtual Machine Manager Agent
The VMM agent manages virtual machines on virtual machine hosts and allows hosts and library servers to communicate with, and transfer files to and from, the VMM server.
When you add a virtual machine host or a library server in a trusted domain by using the VMM Administrator Console, VMM automatically installs an agent on that managed computer by using the default settings.
For a host that is on a perimeter network, you must install an agent locally on the host before you can add the host to VMM.

Later we will explain the main features of the VMM 2008 like P2V and pro etc etc…


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