Well, in the couple of last few month I have been testing and utilizing System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 application. I must say, that it is much easier to control, configure and manage virtual machines through this console than it is by using standard Hyper-V console in Windows Server 2008 R2. By using this server, you can manage Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 and VMWare virtualization servers. Also, there is possibility of V2V (Virtual to virtual) and P2V (Physical to virtual) conversions. So I have decided to create couple of post and describe how to ease your virtual machine management, beginning with SCVMM 2008 R2 installation and initial configuration.
First of all, let me describe to you my hardware configuration on which I use this.
- HP 6710b laptop
- 4 GB RAM
- Core 2 DUO T8300 processor
- 2 5400 RPM external USB disks
On my laptop I have dual boot Windows 7 64bit on physical disk and Windows 2008 R2 64 bit in VHD file.
I use Windows Server 2008 R2 for Hyper-V virtualization, mostly demoing new software and OS features. I have also installed SCVMM 2008 R2 onto it.
These are requirements for installing SCVMM 2008 R2 on your computer:
You can start installation from a DVD or by mounting ISO image of installation DVD into your computer. I prefer ISO images since it is much faster method of installation. Complete installation in my case took no longer than 20 minutes.
On the left, you can see initial splash screen of SCVMM 2008 R2 installation. It would be good to read preparation guides and installation notes, and i highly recommend testing you VMM environment with VMM Configuration Analyzer tool prior to starting installation. Setup part gives us couple of options. In my case, I have installed VMM Server and VMM console on the same computer. First, install VMM server. Installation is strait forward and after checking all hardware and software components you will be asked information about SQL server (choose first option if you do not have SQL server installed in network). Installation will complete in about 20 minutes. After that, install SCVMM administrator console and you are good to go. You can install Administration Console on remote computer (Windows Vista, Windows 7) if you prefer.
Bare in mind that if you want to control remote Hyper-V servers you will have to open several ports in firewall, both on SCVMM 2008 R2 server and remote virtualization servers. This is best done by using Group Policy. Here is a table of ports that you need to open:
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Now we have successfully installed SCVMM server and Administration console. In Part 2, I will explain use of administration console and how to add virtual servers and how to group them.