As you can tell, I’m pretty active in following one of my favorite HOT products released by my division here at Microsoft – System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).  VMM 2008 R2 was recently released and with it comes some exciting new capabilities not exposed in the first 2 releases of VMM (2007 RTM & 2008 RTM). 

It was recently announced internally at Microsoft that the VMM documentation team has made available via TechNet the documentation to go along with VMM 2008 R2.  For those of us who spent a great deal of time digging, playing, and mostly in “Fire first, Aim second” mode due to some minimal documentation for RTM this is a welcome site.

VMM R2 Product Docs:  Technical Library

 

VMM Doc Title Description Availability

Deployment Guide

This guide provides information essential for the successful deployment of VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2. The topics in this guide provide detailed information about system requirements, installing VMM, upgrading or migrating from a previous version, and additional deployment and configuration information.

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Guide to Operations Manager Integration

This guide provides information essential for the successful integration of System Center Operations Manager 2007 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Operations Manager 2007 R2 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 or VMM 2008 R2. The topics in this guide provide system and security requirements, detailed procedures for performing a successful integration, and troubleshooting for integration issues, whether you are a new VMM customer or you previously integrated Operations Manager with VMM 2008 or VMM 2008 R2 Beta. Procedures also are provided for enabling Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) and configuring reporting in VMM. A successful Operations Manager integration is a prerequisite for both the PRO and reporting configurations.

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Security Guide

This guide provides the information needed to successfully configure security for VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2. Topics include security basics (role-based security, ports and protocols used by VMM, and account requirements for administrative tasks); instructions for hardening the VMM server, database server, virtual machine hosts, library servers, and self-service Web servers against unauthorized access; domain and account requirements for integrating System Center Operations Manager 2007 with VMM; and security requirements for managing a VMware environment by using VMM.

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Operations Guide

This guide provides information essential for the successful configuration of VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2. For new customers, this guide explains how to configure the required and optional features of VMM after setup. The guide also provides information about creating, managing, and migrating virtual machines; performing maintenance on virtual machines, their hosts, and the VMM server; and managing a VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) environment by using VMM.

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Scripting Guide

This guide provides an overview of the Windows PowerShell – Virtual Machine Manager command shell and sample scripts that explain how to use Windows PowerShell scripting to manage your virtual system infrastructure.

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Cmdlet Reference

As an alternative to using the VMM Administrator Console to administer your Virtual Machine Manager environment, you can use the cmdlets in the Windows PowerShell - Virtual Machine Manager command shell, which is an administrator-focused command-line shell. This guide provides the Help topics for the VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2 cmdlets.

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Building PRO-Enabled Management Packs

This document gives an overview of creating PRO-enabled management packs and walks you through the steps required to create a simple PRO-enabled management pack.

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*  Courtesy of Microsoft TechNet

Enjoy!

-Chris