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Installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta Part II

6:59 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

In the first part of this blogpost I’ve explained how you can install and what to expect during the installation of the server components of SCVMM 2008 Beta.

Now we are going through the Console installation ( not much to go through though) and I’ll show how to add a Hyper-V host to SCVMM both using the console or by using PowerShell.

First you install the console and here again it’s very straightforward. First we show you some legal license terms, do a prerequisite check and ask for the installation location/


I’ve installed this onto my Windows Server 2008 (x64) box and the install process added the .Net Framework and PowerShell feature before installing the SVMM Console. After this setup you can run the SCVMM console.


Let’s now add my Hyper-V host.


First of all you need to define which host you will add a domain joined, one in the perimeter or another host.


Fill in the Host server name and go on with the installation. As you can see SCVMM detects which kind of Virtualization technology your host machine is using in my case it was Hyper-V. In the following screens you need to define to which host group you are going to add this machine, define the default storage paths and enable the remote control capability.


In our case we will add this server to the All hosts group and enable the Remote control capability, also not the view script button. Here you have the choice either you click on install or you click on view script and you will then be able to copy the PowerShell script to add this host through PowerShell instead of using the console. Here is how this script looks like:

$Credential = get-credential
$VMHostGroup = Get-VMHostGroup -VMMServer localhost | where {$_.Path -eq “All Hosts”}

Add-VMHost -VMMServer localhost -ComputerName “hysrv02.virtual.local” -Description “” -Credential $Credential -RemoteConnectEnabled $true -RemoteConnectPort 5900 -VmPaths “e:\” -Reassociate $false -RunAsynchronously -VMHostGroup $VMHostGroup

I used the PowerShell script and it went fine, once you run the script there is a job scheduled. You can monitor all steps executed during the job by clicking onto the jobs console.


This is the actual console after adding the host, as you can see on the screenshot he detected all my virtual machines running onto this host.

In the coming days weeks I will be playing with this software more extensively and share my findings with you.

Installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta Part I

6:10 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

As I mentioned in me previous post System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 Beta is available for download and as a coincidence (believe it or not but it’s true) I installed the bits today to test this new management tool.


The installation process of SCVMM is very straightforward during the setup you have 4 different options you can Install in this post we will focus on the Server and Administration tool, furthermore I’ll show some screenshot’s on how to add a Hyper-V host machine and how it recognize my VM’s running onto the physical box.

First I did run the Server setup process.


The install process checks if all pre-requisites are met based on the Hard- and Software Requirements.

Next you need to specify the installation path note that this is not the location where we will store the VM Library it’s just for the SCVMM program files.


Here you have the option either to use an existing SQL Server 2005 Server or to install the SQL Server Express edition, know that the express edition has some limitations compared to the full blown server.


The next step is to define the Library share, this is the location where you can store the different VM templates, offline VHD’s, ISO, scripts, etc ….

By default SCVMM will create the MSSCVMMLibrary share as shown on the above screenshot but you can easily select another share and this can be a local share or an existing share onto a file server for example.


With the installation almost done you now need to define which ports SCVMM will use for the server connection, agent connection and file transfer. If your’e firewall is enabled the install process will try to open those ports.

This concludes the installation of the server components. Now we need to install the management console to be able to manage our virtual environment, note that this can be installed onto another server.

In the part II of this blogpost I’ll go through the Console installation.


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta available

5:40 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

It has been announced at MMS conference during Bob Muglia his keynote System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta is publicly available at the connect site.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 enables customers to configure and deploy new virtual machines and to centrally manage their virtualized infrastructure, whether running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 or VMware ESX Server. When used in conjunction with the broad System Center management suite, customers can use SCVMM 2008 to effectively manage both their virtualized and physical servers and applications.

Some of the key features of SCVMM 2008 are:

  • Clustering support. You will now be able to support Quick-Migration functionality
  • Performance Resource Optimization, this allows Operation Manager support.
  • Delegated administration.
  • Support for managing Hyper-V and VMware ESX

You can download the beta from: