Now available: The Release Candidate for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

Now available: The Release Candidate for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

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The VMM team is  proud to announce the public availability of the Release Candidate for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (VMM)!

FEEDBACK

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EvalVHD

This folder contains a pre-configured VHD to aid in the evaluation of the Release Candidate.  It is optional to use this VHD or do a full install of VMM 2012 RC.  The VHD has all the necessary software already installed, including the following:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 standard operating system
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • VMM 2012 RC
  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7
  • Microsoft Storage Management Service
  • Web Deployment Tool

Install package

  • This package includes the CD Layout for VMM 2012 RC.  Use it to do a full install of VMM 2012 RC.

Documentation

For documentation about the VMM 2012 RC, see System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 on TechNet.

Load Balancer Providers

Storage Providers

Partner

Version

Array

Link

Comments

EMC

4.3

CX, VMAX

Link

Registration Required

HP

10.0

EVA

Built-in to HP StorageWorks CommandView EVA 10.0

Requires SMI-S CIMOM to enabled

NetApp

4.0

FAS

Link

Registration Required

FEATURE SUMMARY

As with the previous release there are a number of improved features for you. With this release you will be able to do:

  • Setup Upgrade
    • New in RC: The following upgrade paths are enabled (supported only for TAP customers in production):

- VMM 2008 R2 SP1 > VMM 2012 RC > VMM 2012 RTM

- VMM 2012 RC > VMM 2012  RTM

  • 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
      • New in RC:

- ISO or CD-based OSD for environments with DHCP without WDS

- OSD will now convert dynamic to fixed type of VHD destination

- All network adapters on host can be configured during provisioning

      • New in RC:

- Ability to bypass cluster validation during cluster creation

- Run cluster validation reports on-demand

- New Cluster status tab to view an aggregated status and a cluster validation report

- Ability to see current CSV owner in the properties of the 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
      • New in RC:

- Simplification of the logical networks in the Fabric workspace

- Ability to see IP addresses that are in use from a IP pool

- Added support for Microsoft Network Load Balancer

- Gateway and DNS are no longer mandatory fields for logical networks

- Load balancer can now support affinity to logical networks

    • Storage Management – Classify Storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs
      • New in RC

- Create persistent sessions to iSCSI array and logon initiator to array

- Better scalability of storage operations - LUN create, snapshot, clone, masking, and unmasking

- Option to create storage groups per cluster (BETA only supported creation of storage group per node in a cluster)

- Enablement of MPIO feature when provisioning a new Hyper-V server

- Automatic MPIO device claim

- Support for arrays that implement OnePortPerView

    • Update Management- Keep your VMM Fabric Servers (VMM roles, hosts, and clusters) up-to-date with patches. 
      • New in RC:

- Share a WSUS root server between System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2/ System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta

- Hyper-V Cluster Orchestration- Nodes put into VMM Maintenance Mode can be set to trigger Maintenance Mode in Operations Manager.

  • 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.
      • New in RC:       

- Set Operations Manager Mode for powered down hosts

    • PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors.
      • New in RC:

- Support added for System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta

- VMM will ship two sample PRO Packs: Cluster scale out and Service scale out MPs

  • 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
      • New in RC:

- Service Designer and Specialization UI enhancements

- Added ability to use Service Template Patterns

    • Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment
      • New in RC:

- IP-based provisioning

- New application instance view

    • 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
      • New in RC:

- Streamlined ability to enable OS VHD updates to a Service Template

- Publish updated Service Templates in order to update Service Instances

    • Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V

The VMM Team

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
AVIcode Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/avicode
ConfigMgr Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
DPM Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
OOB Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/oob/
Opalis Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/opalis
Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
OpsMgr Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/operationsmgr/
SCMDM Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/mdm/
SCVMM Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv
Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center Essentials Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenteressentials
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/

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  • Hi,

    If you could just update the link for the VHD - it should be www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx.

    Regards,

    T.

  • If we've been using the beta VHD, do we need to take any steps to cleanly remove VMM beta from the managed systems before we start using the RC? Or do we just start using the RC, set it up to manage the systems and it will take the appropriate steps automatically?

  • @Philip - I had to remove the beta VMM client before I could attach the RC host.

  • Hi,

    I not sure if I missed it but is there a date for the RTM release?

    Regards,

    Daniel

  • No date as of yet.

  • No date as of yet.

  • Just to report a problem here - if I mount ISO drive using the properties of a VM and and choose to share the ISO instead of copying it (of course, I have already set Kerberos delegation in the properties of the host), the ISO mounts and is usable within the VM. The problem is that VMM sets the status of the VM as "Unsupported VM Configuration" and doesn't allow me to dismount the ISO. If I dismount it via Hyper-V Manager and refresh the VM, then everything is fine.

    The error I get on the VM properties page is:

    Error (644): The specified host drive \\unc-path-to-the-iso-file.iso does not exist on the host machine. Modify the virtual DVD drive property to connect to an existing host drive.

  • Hi,

    anything against a production use of VMM 2012? We are redesigning our complete Hyper-V Cluster and would love to use VMM2012

    Regards,

    Dan

  • Hi the VMM 2012 RC is not supported in production deployments.  If you review the licensing when installed the product you will note that in the EULA this is explicitly stated.  So if you do take the risk and install in production and then call MS support for assistance due to an outage that will be unable to assist due to terms specified in the EULA.

  • It would be great to hear a date for the RTM version.  

  • Hi,

    As you posted above this upgrade path VMM 2012 RC > VMM 2012  RTM should be possible.

    If I try to run rtm installer it says that the upgrade is only available from SCVMM 2008 R2 with SP1.

    Which is the wrong information? You will get a lot of angry admins if the promissed upgrade path is not available...

    --

    BR

    Juha

  • Sorry, let me clarify: The RC to RTM upgrade path is only support for TAP. I'll add a note to the article spelling this out.