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

Hardware requirements for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

This is a minimum, single machine configuration. Actual requirements and product functionality will vary based on your system configuration and the features you choose to install and on the number of hosts you manage. For more details and the most up-to-date information, please refer to the documentation at


Hardware component




X64 architecture–based server with 2.8 GHz or faster processor clock speed and with hardware-assisted virtualization support enabled in the BIOS

Dual-Core Pentium 4 3.2 GHz or greater


2 GB

4 GB

Hard disk

80 GB

200 GB

Virtual Machine Manager Software Requirements — Single Computer

The following software must be installed prior to installing all Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) components on a single computer:

• Microsoft Windows Server 2008® or later (must include Hyper-V)

• Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (included in installation)

• Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (included in installation)

• Microsoft SQL Server® 2005 Express Edition with Service Pack 2 (included in installation) or Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard or Enterprise Editions with Service Pack 2 (separate installation) .

If you do not specify an existing instance of SQL Server 2005, Setup installs SQL Server Express Edition SP2 on the local computer. This also installs SQL Server 2005 Tools and creates an SQL Server instance named MICROSOFT$VMM$ on the local computer.

• Microsoft Windows PowerShell TM 1.0


• Microsoft Windows Remote Management (WinRM)


• Microsoft Internet Information Server 7.0 (needed for Self-Service Portal only)

· Update for SCVMM 2008 Beta

Install this update to enable Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta (VMM) to function with Release Candidate 1 (RC1) to the Hyper-V role. After you install this update, you may have to restart your computer. Once you have installed this update, it cannot be removed.

Download the Update for Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta and place the file on your VMM server.

Install the Update

Installing the update will change the VMM product version on your VMM server to 2.0.3194.1.

To install the update

  1. On the VMM server, stop the Virtual Machine Manager Service.
    1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Services.
    2. Locate Virtual Machine Manager and then click Stop the service.


If you do not stop the service prior to installing the update, you will have to restart your computer after installation.

  1. Double-click vmmServerUpdate.msp to start the installation.
  2. When the installation is complete, restart the Virtual Machine Manager Service.

Known Issues

  • When you reinstall an agent, all of the virtual machines on the host will go into a “Missing” state. When this occurs, restart the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management service on the host to return the virtual machines to their actual state.
  • When you install an agent, the existing virtual networks on the host are occasionally not found by VMM. To fix this issue, restart the Hyper-V Networking Management service.
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