Managing XenServer 6.0 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012

9:26 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

As you know, SCVMM 2012 will also support an extra hypervisor: Citrix XenServer. This way, the majority of hypervisors you should find in a datacenter will be manageable using SCVMM 2012.
When managing XenServer through SCVMM, we manage the XenServer hosts directly, not through XenCenter.  This approach is different from managing VMware hypervisors (which are managed through VirtualCenter).
To manage these XenServer host directly, you need to install the “Citrix System Center Integration Pack for XenServer” which is the key to getting access to theses hypervisors.

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SCVMM will be able to perform the following tasks on XenServer hosts.

Host management

  • Supports Standalone & Pooled (read: clustered) hosts
    • Host configuration takes place outside of VMM
  • Supports Dynamic Optimization
  • Supports Power Control (Power Optimization)
    • Shutdown and Power On (if OOB capable hardware), Restart
  • Supports Maintenance Mode
  • Supports Storage  (Support for all kinds of XenServer Repositories)
    • NOT support storage integration capabilities with XenServer Hosts
  • Supports logical networks, MAC and IP assignment
  • Supports clouds
  • NOT support Bare Metal Deployment (Hyper-V only feature)

Virtual Machine management

  • Live Migration (XenMotion)
  • Network Migration (between XenServer and VMM Library)
  • Storage Migration
  • NOT support V2V (VMware-to-Hyper-V only feature) – Use P2V instead (No need to remove Citrix Tools for virtual machines)

Virtual Machine deployment

  • VM Template and Service Template Deployment
  • Intelligent Placement (Host Rating)
  • Support for ParaVirtualised (PV) and Hardware-assisted (HVM) virtual machines
  • VMM Templates (not XenServer Templates)

You can find a good overview of the requirements and installation/configuration process in Kenny Buntinx (SCUG member and SCCM MVP) in his blog post on “Managing XenServer 6.0 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 RC”.

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