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Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 Step by Step Guide- Part Two

VMMSSP Guide Part One

Self-Service Portal Components

The self-service portal consists of three components:

VMMSSP website: A Web-based component that provides a user interface to the self-service portal. Through the VMMSSP website, users can perform various tasks such as pooling infrastructure assets in the self-service portal, extending virtual machine actions, creating business unit and infrastructure requests, validating and approving requests, and provisioning virtual machines (using the self service virtual machine provisioning feature). Users can also use the website to view information related to these tasks.

VMMSSP database: A SQL Server® database that stores information about configured assets, information related to business units and requests, and information about what has been provisioned to various business units. The database also stores the XML that encodes default and customized virtual machine actions and other information related to the configuration of the self-service portal.

VMMSSP server: A Windows service that runs default and customized virtual machine actions that the user requests through the VMMSSP website. The service uses a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) TCP endpoint to listen for client communication, and hosts a Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) run-time environment. Using WF, the server component runs the sequences of tasks that comprise virtual machine actions. You can optimize the performance of the server component using parameters available in the self-service portal or in configuration files; these parameters control or “throttle” the number of operations that can run simultaneously

Test Lab Setup: Single-Machine Deployment Scenario

Figure 1 illustrates the single-machine deployment scenario. In this scenario, you must install the self-service portal components on a physical computer or virtual machine that also runs the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) Administrator Console and SQL Server 2008. The VMM server component (including the VMM Library) and the virtual machine hosts all run on separate computers.

Figure 1. Topology of the single-machine deployment scenario

Environmental Prerequisites

When you install a component of the self-service portal, the Setup wizard checks the target computer for the components and settings required for that component. However, the self-service portal components have general requirements that this prerequisite check cannot detect. These requirements are referred to as environmental prerequisites—they apply to the whole environment in which the self-service portal components function. To ensure that the self-service portal components deploy smoothly and function as expected, prepare the environment before you run the Setup wizard.
Important: Because environmental changes affect more than the self-service portal components, exercise due caution when making sweeping changes.
This section describes the environmental prerequisites for the self-service portal, including Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS) requirements and security considerations.


Before you install the self-service portal components, make sure that the computers you intend to use for the self-service portal components belong to an AD DS domain. You must also ensure that you have installed Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 to manage virtual machines in your environment. For information about configuring VMM to work with the self-service portal, see “Configuring Hyper-V and VMM Resources to Work with the Self-Service Portal” in the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 VMMSSP Datacenter Administration Guide.

Security Considerations

Securing the environment for the self-service portal involves the following tasks:
• Understanding and planning the default and custom user roles that are defined in the self-service portal.
• Planning and preparing the service accounts.
• Understanding the ports and protocols required for establishing communication channels between various self-service portal components.
• Hardening the Web server that will run the VMMSSP website component.

Source & more information: VMMSSP Deployment Guide


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