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SCVMM2012: Full Features/Capabilities

Holla Guys,

I’m back with SCVMM 2012 3rd part of my mini project!

As Virtualization/Cloud becomes a household name, Administrators will need a single superior tool to manage their resources in a more efficient and yet cost effective at the same time.

In a true cloud datacenter, Microsoft recognize that management of multiple Hypervisors is unavoidable hence, we are the pioneer in providing a single VM Management Tool that manages different Hypervisors in the market today.

SCVMM provides administrators to manage not only Microsoft Hyper-V Host Servers but also VMware ESX Host servers and Citrix XenServers.

SCVMM also provides administrators to configure & deploy from servers with different processors, OEM Hardwares, Network, Fibre Channel, iSCSI and many more. The idea for SCVMM is to assign dedicated and shared resources whether if it’s utilized for development or for production environment.

SCVMM does not stop there but also provide a delegated capacity control and deploys standardized services via templates and do away with disruptive unstandardized service model.

*Features in RED is found in SP1

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Key Features

  • Hierarchical
  • Location based
  • Supports moving a host group from one location to another
  • Host Group Allows Configuration of the following:
    • Host Name & The Location Name
    • Allow Encrypted/Unencrypted File Transfer
    • Configure Placement Rules (VMM can automatically identifies the most suitable host to deploy your virtual machines)
    • Configure Host Reserves:
    • CPU
    • Memory
    • Disk I/O
    • Disk Space
    • Network I/O
  • Dynamic Optimization – Balances the VM load within a host cluster
  • Power Optimization – Enables to evacuate hosts of a balanced cluster and turn them off to save power.
  • Network – Configure to inherit or not the network logical resources from Parent Host Groups.
    • IP Address Pools
    • Load Balancers
    • Logical Networks
    • MAC address pool
  • Storage – View & allocate storage to a host group
  • Custom Properties
    • Virtual Machine
    • Virtual Machine Template
    • Host
    • Host Cluster
    • Host Group
    • Service Template
    • Service Instance
    • Computer Tier
    • Cloud
  • Library (Catalog of resources that provides access to virtual hardisk, virtual floppy disk, ISO, scripts, drivers, application packages, virtual machines, service templates and profiles.)
  • Library Resource

    File Name Extension

    Virtual hard disks

    .vhd (Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer), .vhdx (Hyper-V), .vmdk (VMware)

    ISO image files


    PowerShell scripts


    SQL Server scripts


    Web Deploy (MSDeploy) packages


    SQL Server data-tier applications (DACs)


    Server App-V packages


    Driver files


    Answer files

    .inf, .xml

    Custom resources

    Folders with .CR extension

    Virtual floppy disks

    .vfd (Hyper-V), .flp (VMware)

    • Templates & Profiles – Used to standardize the creation of VM & Services
    • Stored in VMM Database
    • Service Creation Template
    • Host Profile to deploy hyper-v host from bare-metal
    • Capability Profiles of VM on each type of supported hypervisors
  • Equivalent Objects – User-defined grouping of library resources.
  • Cloud Libraries – Consist of Read-Only Library shares that are assigned to a private cloud for Self-Service users.
  • Self-Service User Content – Allows Users to upload their own resources to the VMM Library:
    • Templates
    • VHD
    • ISO
    • Application files
    • Scripts
    • Other building blocks
  • Store Virtual Machines & Services – Location for users to store their unused Virtual Machines
  • Orphaned Resources – Location for all objects which do not belong to a library share (Library Shares which was removed)
  • Update Catalog & Baselines – Provides administrators to update their VM through VMM Management via WSUS.
  • Networking (Allows administrator to efficiently provision network resources for a virtualized environment.)
    • Scenarios for VMM Networking
    • Logical Networking – Allows administrators to connect VM to a network e.g. “BackEnd”, “FrontEnd” or “Backup” Network.
  • Hardware Load Balancer Integration with VMM
  • VIP Templates – Virtual IP Template contains LB configuration settings
    • Configure Port & Switches (Allows you to consistently configure identical capabilities for network adapters across multiple host.

    Networking item in VMM

    Uses and settings

    Native port profile for uplinks

    A native port profile for uplinks (also called an uplink port profile) specifies which logical networks can connect through a particular physical network adapter.

    To enable teaming of multiple network adapters, you can apply the same logical switch and uplink port profile to those network

    Native port profile for virtual network adapters

    The following list provides details about these capabilities:

    · Enable virtual machine queue (offload setting)

    · Enable IPsec task offloading (offload setting)

    · Enable Single-root I/O virtualization (offload setting)

    · Allow MAC spoofing (security setting)

    · Enable DHCP guard (security setting)

    · Allow router guard (security setting)

    · Allow guest teaming (security setting)

    · Allow IEEE priority tagging (security setting)

    · Bandwidth settings

    Port classification

    A port classification provides a global name for identifying different types of virtual network adapter port profiles.

    Logical switch

    A logical switch brings port profiles, port classifications, and switch extensions together so that you can apply them to multiple network adapters.

    Switch extensions:

    · Monitoring extensions can be used to monitor and report on network traffic, but they cannot modify packets.

    · Capturing extensions can be used to inspect and sample traffic, but they cannot modify packets.

    · Filtering extensions can be used to block, modify, or defragment packets. They can also block ports.

    · Forwarding extensions can be used to direct traffic by defining destinations, and they can capture and filter traffic. To avoid conflicts, only one forwarding extension can be active on a logical switch.

    Virtual switch extension manager

    A virtual switch extension manager makes it possible for you to use a vendor network-management console and the VMM management server together.

    • VM Network (Offer the ability to use Network Virtualization)
    • Network Virtualization (Multi-Tenant Support)
    • vLAN-based Configuration
    • One VM network that gives direct access to the logical network
    • Using external networks that are implemented through a vendor network-management console
  • Gateways (Allows you to connect VM to other network)
  • IP Static Pools
  • VMM Network Configuration Diagrams
  • Network Sites (Associates one or more subnets, vLAN, subnet/vLAN pairs with a logical network)
  • MAC Address Pools
  • Multicasting or Broadcasting
  • · Storage (Allows administrators to manage storage for VM)
    • VMM recognize Local Storage (Storage Attached to Server)
    • VMM recognize Remote Storage (e.g SAN, NAS & etc)
    • Supports Virtual(Synthetic) FibreChannels
  • VMM supported Storage Solutions:
  • Deployment & Management Storage Resources
    • Storage Discovery (Allows administrators to automatically discover local & remote storage including Storage arrays, pools, LUN, Disk, Volumes & Virtual Disk
    • Storage Classification (Allows administrators to classify discovered storage using friendly descriptive names to create & expose a simplified storage model
    • Storage Provisioning (Create new logical units from available capacity)
    • From Available Capacity
    • By Creating a Writeable snapshot of an existing logical unit
    • By Creating a Clone of a Logical Unit
  • Storage Allocation (Allocate available storage & LUN to defined host groups
  • Storage Decommission (Decommission any storage VMM manages)
  • SMI-S Provider for iSCSI Target Server (Utilize Microsoft iSCSI Target Server Feature in WS2012)
  • Virtual Machine Host & Host Clusters
  • VMware
  • Citrix XenServer
  • Dynamic Optimization & Power Optimization
  • Managing Fabric Updates in VMM
  • System Center Operations Manager integration with VMM
    • Capacity Utilization
    • Chargeback
    • Host Group Forecasting
    • Host Utilization Growth
    • Power Savings
    • SAN Usage Forecasting
    • Virtual Machine Allocation
    • Virtual Machine Utilization
    • Virtualization Candidates
    • Self Service (Delegate Management & Usage to users)
    • Resource Pooling (Present aggregate set of resources)
    • Opacity (Self-Service Users have no knowledge of the underlying physical resources)
    • Elasticity (Allows administrators to add resources to Private Cloud to increase the capacity)
    • Optimization (Usage of the underlying resources is continually optimized with affecting user’s experience.)
    • Example Scenario
  • Rapid Provisioning of Virtual Machines
  • Availability Options for Virtual Machines
  • Resource Throttling
    • Processor (CPU) Throttling
    • Memory Throttling & Weight
  • Virtual NUMA for VMM
  • Virtual Machines & Storage Migration
    • Network Migration (Shared Nothing Migration using BITS)
    • Quick Migration (Cluster Transfer)
    • Quick Storage Migration
    • SAN Migration
    • Live Migration (No Noticeable Downtime)
    • Non Cluster Live Migration
    • Between 2 Different Cluster
    • Live Migration of VM Storage
    • Live VSM (Live migrate VM & their Storage with a single action
    • Concurrent Live Migration
    Role-Based Administration
    Self Service
    • Leverage on AppController as Self-Service Portal
    • Self-Service Users can use VMM Console


    As usual, the whole SC2012 compilation can be found here in this link below
    2013 – System Center 2012 Features.docx

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