Go check out SCVMM 2008

Go check out SCVMM 2008

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Okay, I know I am a bit behind the times here - but when SCVMM 2008 was released I was overseas talking about SCVMM 2008.  So if you have not already done so, go here: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/virtualmachinemanager/en/us/default.aspx to read about System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and then go here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9530142 to download an evaluation copy.

So why should you be looking into SCVMM 2008?  Well, on top of all the goodness that already was SCVMM (multi-host management, virtual machine library management, P2V, powershell scripting, etc...) some big additions to the 2008 release include:

  • Support for management of Hyper-V clusters (this is really slick)
  • Support for management of Hyper-V, Virtual Server and VMWare VI3 environments (side-by-side in the same console)
  • The new "PRO" (Performance and Resource Optimization) functionality that allows SCVMM to tie in with products like SCOM and dynamically detect configuration / performance issues in your environment and then provide corrective guidance or action

Maybe you have been delaying checking SCVMM out because it requires an Active Directory environment - but if that is the case here are two things you should know:

  • While SCVMM does required Active Directory it can manage servers that are outside of the domain
  • You can install SCVMM and all the components it needs on a single computer that is acting as a domain controller

In fact - when I demo SCVMM in public I have it installed in a single VM (which also acts as its own domain controller) and then use it to manage the copy of Hyper-V that is installed on my (non-domain joined) laptop that is in turn hosting the SCVMM environment! (remind me to do a post on my demo setup sometime :-).

Cheers,
Ben

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  • I wish I could get enthusiastic about SCVMM 2008 but after installing Hyper-V Server and SCVMM 2008 several times, then trying to connect to it with SCVMM 2008 dozens of times, and failing. One just wants to look else where for something that works. Of course comments like this are never seen but its cathartic to write this while looking for that magic how-to file that gets Hyper-V Server to talk to SCVMM 2008. Actually, I think there something fishy about a program that, during setup, provides one click to do allow auto updates but has a whole list of instruction on how to turn off and protect ones privacy.

  • Chris -

    If you could provide more details - I would be interested.  I have never had any problems connecting to a Hyper-V server from SCVMM.

    Cheers,

    Ben

  • Ben,

    I actually have my host laptop joined to the virtual domain controller it is hosting. Amazing how much better going from Vista SP1 32bit with VPC to W2K8 x64 with Hyper-V role is on the same 4gig ram laptop. Very pleased so far.

    Great work!

    John

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