I recently got started with SCVMM.
- Spin up a VM. Give it 4GB RAM.
- Install SQL 2012 /w SP1.
- Create an account: service-scvmm. Grant this account local admin access.
- Install Windows ADK and PE.
- Configure AD container for distributed key management.
- Run setup.
- Create the library share via the setup wizard.
- 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:
- Open ADSIEdit.
- Right-click the domain root -> new -> container. Name it “VMMDKM”.
- Grant the account installing SCVMM full control on the new container. Must also propagate to sub-containers.