System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta Available Now!

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta Available Now!

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On behalf of the whole System Center Virtual Machine Manager product team it is with great pleasure we’re announcing the public release availability of SCVMM 2012 Beta.

With this release you will be able to do:

  • Fabric Management
    • Hyper-V and Cluster Lifecycle Management – Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server, create Hyper-V clusters, orchestrate patching of a Hyper-V Cluster
    • Third Party Virtualization Platforms - Add and Manage Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX Hosts and Clusters
    • Network Management – Manage IP Address Pools, MAC Address Pools and Load Balancers
    • Storage Management – Classify storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs
  • Resource Optimization
    • Dynamic Optimization – proactively balance the load of VMs across a cluster
    • Power Optimization – schedule power savings to use the right number of hosts to run your workloads – power the rest off until they are needed.
    • PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors.
  • Cloud Management
    • Abstract server, network and storage resources into private clouds
    • Delegate access to private clouds with control of capacity, capabilities and user quotas
    • Enable self-service usage for application administrator to author, deploy, manage and decommission applications in the private cloud
  • Service Lifecycle Management
    • Define service templates to create sets of connected virtual machines, OS images and application packages
    • Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment
    • Scale out the number of virtual machines in a service
    • Service performance and health monitoring integrated with System Center Operations Manager
    • Decouple OS image and application updates through image-based servicing.
    • Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V

Production Support: The SCVMM 2012 Beta release is NOT supported for deployment into production environments

Get the Late Breaking News:

To learn more about this exciting announcement check out it from the heart of the action from the floor of the Microsoft Management Summit 2011.

SCVMM 2012 Beta is available on Microsoft Download Center

Download SCVMM 2012 Beta

Looking forward to your feedback,

-Rakesh Malhotra, Group Program Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager

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  • Great news.

    When will be available for SP1 RTM for VMM 2008 R2?

  • I am waiting on the same thing, I've upgraded all my servers to SP1 and still no VMM SP1 to manage my Hyper-V hosts. Hopefully soon!

  • Stay tuned, we expect this to be available very soon.

  • SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 is now available: blogs.technet.com/.../system-center-virtual-machine-manager-2008-r2-sp1-available-now.aspx

  • Is it still required to have one full windows installation for each host?

  • I also wonder if the Host still requires full Server or Core to run SCVMM and clustering? In the past, we tried running just Hyper-V Server and it would not do clustering or failover. Kenon Owens mentioned in his "90 seconds to the cloud" video that all of this functionality works with Microsoft Hyper-V server.

  • A suggestion might be to create a temporary VMM 2012 Beta Forum here: social.technet.microsoft.com/.../virtualmachinemanager

  • @Marco, VMM (all versions) are supported in this forum.  social.technet.microsoft.com/.../virtualmachinemanager  which is the one you desribed above.  

    Carmen