A lot of customers are starting to consider building their own private cloud. If you fall into this category, Leigh Simmonds from the UK PFE team, has written up a great over view of SCVMM 2012 Sp1. I hope you enjoy it and thank you Leigh!
System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) SP1 is Microsoft’s enterprise virtualisation management solution. VMM simplifies the deployment and management of your entire virtual server infrastructure, including the ability to manage Hyper-V, VMWare and XenServer Servers from a single console. Deploy Virtual Machines consistently (VMs) using VM Templates, deploy multiple VMs simultaneously using Service Templates. VMM has full PowerShell integration for automation and hooks seamlessly into other System Center products like Orchestrator to enable large scale automation.
Virtualisation is all about getting more out of your hardware, SCVMM 2012 SP1 now scales to previously unimaginable figures… We support up to 64 Hosts in a 2012 Hyper-V Cluster, 4000 VMs per Cluster or 1024 VMs per Host. Add up to 64 vCPUs per VM with up to 1TB of RAM. The new .VHDX format allows you to create virtual hard drives up to 64TB. So scalability is the key with SCVMM 2012 and Server 2012 allowing you to run more servers with less hardware.
System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 3.0 combine to create a powerful virtualisation platform enabling you to implement features such as SMB 3.0 and Storage Pools, so that you can take advantage of virtualisation without the need for expensive SAN solutions. However, if you do have a SAN, VMM now allows you to manage your SAN directly within the VMM console. With the appropriate providers installed, you can hook into various SAN vendor solutions such as EMC, HP and Dell to create LUNs directly from the VMM console.
What can I do with VMM?
· VM Templates – Ensure every virtual machine has the correct configuration by using templates
· Service Templates – Deploy groups of VMs as a “Service” at the click of a button
· Live Migration – Move VMs in real-time from one Hyper-V Host to another without any downtime at all
· Live Storage Migration – Move VMs and their files from one Hyper-V Host to another
· PowerShell Automation – VMM is built on PowerShell, anything you can do in the console, you can automate using PowerShell
· Dynamic Optimisation – VMM can automatically load balance VMs across the nodes in a Hyper-V cluster
· Power Optimisation – Turn Hyper-V hosts off when they are not needed, power them back on when demand increases
· Host Cluster Patching – With Server 2012 and VMM 2012 SP1, you can completely automate the patching of your Hyper-V Clusters by connecting your VMM server to WSUS
· Virtual Networking – SCVMM 2012 SP1 gives you the ability to run multiple virtual networks that use the same IP ranges without conflict, perfect for hosting companies that manage other companies networks in a VM environment
This is what the VMM console looks like… complete with dynamic, context sensitive menu bar, or “ribbon” as we like to call it these days!
Can I create my own Private Cloud with VMM?
Yes, you can!
VMM allows you to configure your environment for Self Service Provisioning of VMs using the VMM Console or via System Center 2012 App Controller… You can create the infrastructure with VMM and present a user friendly web portal (App Controller) to allow your users to just provision the VMs they need. They don’t need to know the details of the backend infrastructure, they just select a VM Template, input their requirements for RAM, CPU and Disk and away they go!
The App Contoller web interface allows you to connect to VMM using your login and you’ll be presented with only the objects you need to see in order to go about your business…
How do I monitor my virtual environment?
VMM has built in performance monitoring as well as real-time health status, you can also hook VMM into your System Center 2012 Operations Manager environment using the Hyper-V and VMM Management Packs to get a detailed view of performance across the estate.
Is that it?
Nope… Virtual Machine Manager is part of the System Center 2012 suite, which means you can easily integrate VMM with all the other products in the suite…
· Connect to Orchestrator to automate VM creation and administration
· Connect to Operations Manager to monitor performance
· Connect to Service Manager to manage the workflow
· Connect to Config Manager for advanced in-guest client and host management
What should I do now?
Start testing it of course! You can download a free evaluation version of all the System Center 2012 products, including SCVMM here…
Leigh Simmonds – UK PFE