As I wrote in an earlier post, there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts focused on getting IT folk ready to pass this exam. Joseph writes his blog at www.josephyedid.com but has allowed me to repost this series here.

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Configuring delegation of rights

User policies for Self-Service Portal (SSP) are a set of rules that define what a user or group can do within SSP. For instance quotas can be assigned as to how many VM can be created, what permissions or restrictions there are for the user or group. There are three types of user policies that can be used:

  • Single self-service policy use a domain group with the required users in the group.
  • Multiple self-service policies, each that have their own domain group but smaller number of users in each group.
  • One self-service policy per self-service user

When dealing with templates, there are three types you can create in VMM:

  • from a virtual disk in the library
  • from an existing VM
  • from an existing template

To create a template from a virtual disk in the library, open the library view, choose New Template in the Library Actions menu. Follow the wizard that opens. You will configure Template Identity, Hardware settings, and Gust Operating System settings. Additional properties can be set after the template is created: Cost center, Tag, ten custom properties and a quota for self-service users.

To create a template from an existing VM, right click a stopped VM, and select New Template. You will get a warning message. Creating a template in this manner will destroy the source VM. A wizard will follow. You will configure Template Identity, Hardware settings, Gust Operating System settings, Select Library Server, and Select Path (which is the path on the library where you will the place template).

To create a template from an existing template, you will right click a template in the library. Follow the wizard that opens. You will configure Template Identity, Hardware settings, and Gust Operating System settings.

Templates are managed through the library.

Libraries are an integral part of VMM. Libraries are file shares that reside preferably on a file server. If you find that you need to replicate them you can use DFSR and DFSN. Although there are some things that you will need to take into consideration, namely VMM is not DFS aware and there are other known issues. Backing up the library shares on a regular basis is also good practice. Another way of dealing with libraries is to make library file shares highly available through clustering. You can also create custom library groups for easier management. So what can you store in the library? Just about anything from VMs that are not being used to templates, scripts, and ISOs.

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Joseph-1Joseph Yedid is an IT specialist working at Enhansoft a company based in Ottawa, Canada, that develops products and services to extend the value of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) and System Center Configuration Manager 2012. He is an avid user of technology and is certified in many areas of Microsoft infrastructure technologies. He is MCTS and MCITP certifed - Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Vista/Windows 7. Other interests revolve around virtualization technologies, System Center and Private Cloud. Joseph is a member and on the executive of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group.