SCVMM 2012 R2 – Initial Overview and Install

I recently got started with SCVMM.

Overview

  1. Spin up a VM. Give it 4GB RAM.
  2. Install SQL 2012 /w SP1.
  3. Create an account: service-scvmm. Grant this account local admin access.
  4. Install Windows ADK and PE.
  5. Configure AD container for distributed key management.
  6. Run setup.
  7. Create the library share via the setup wizard.
  8. Discover the hosts.

Advanced topics for later posts:

  • VM Templates
  • Logical Switches
  • MAC Address Pools
  • Virtual Machine Migration via Kerberos.

What you get ‘Out of the Box’

I wasn’t impressed with SCVMM right away. It sees like just Hyper-V manager, but with less capability. For example, I can’t seem to change the BIOS boot order inside SCVMM.

Eventually, I found some benefits:

  • Host performance statistics. Easy to access daily and monthly averages.
  • Integration with other System Center products like Orchestrator and Service Manager. You can do some really advanced and nifty stuff.
  • Virtual machine library and templates make it easy to deploy new machines.
  • Logical switches make it easy to change networking options across many hosts.
  • MAC Address pools ensure that if you migrate a machine, the original host won’t re-use the migrated machine’s mac address. Otherwise, this can cause some serious network weirdness.

Things You’ll Need

Notes on the install process:

Configuring the AD container for distributed key management isn’t tricky, just unexpected. Here’s a good link:

Process:

  1. Open ADSIEdit.
  2. Right-click the domain root -> new -> container. Name it “VMMDKM”.
  3. Grant the account installing SCVMM full control on the new container. Must also propagate to sub-containers.
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