News, requirements, and installation of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2


A few months ago Microsoft released System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (VMM), a great application to manage your virtual environment. How many people think, VMM is not a software virtualization as the Hyper-V, Virtual Server or VMware Virtual Center, but a management software virtualization solutions. With it you can manage the following applications:

· Hyper-V

· Hyper-V Server

· Microsoft Virtual Server 2005

· VMWare Virtual Center 2.0 e 2.5

· VMWare ESX Server 3, 3i, 3.5 and Vsphere (managed through VMware virtual Center)

Some news of the VMM Server

· Live Migration between cluster nodes to Windows Server 2008 R2 – movement between cluster nodes without production downtimes and transparent to the users.

· Support for Virtual Machine Queue protocols (QMV) and TCM Chimney – performance improvements for virtual machines

· Hot Addition of hot VHDs – adds the virtual machine (on air) a new virtual HD.

· Maintenance mode for hosts – maintenance like Windows Update, for example.

· Clustered Shared Volume (CSV) support.

· Sanbolic Clustered File System (CFS) support.

· Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows support.

· SAN Migration between hosts in the cluster

· Quick Storage Migration

In this article shall be dealt with the installation of VMM 2008 R2 and its requirements.

Preview installation requirements

Hardware (up to 150 hosts)





Pentium 4, 2 GHz (x64)


Dual-Processor, 2 GHz (x64)



2 GB

4 GB


Disk Space

10 GB


50 GB





Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (x64)

VMM Server 2008 is supported only on Windows 2008 x64


Windows Remote Management (WinRM)

WinRM is already included in Windows and the winrm service is started automatically. If you are stopped, the VMM installation boots again

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0

The .NET Framework 3.0 is already installed, if it has been removed, the VMM installation installs again.


Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) 1.1

The WAIK is installed automatically by the installation of the VMM installation



Access the VMM CD and run Setup.exe. Figure 1 screen appears. After, click VMM Server.


Figure 1 – Option to install the VMM Server

After you load the temporary installation files, accept the license term and click Next.


Figure 2 – License term

Choose whether you want to sign in to Microsoft improvement program, and then click Next.


Figura 3 – Customer Experience Improvement Program

On the next screen, enter your name and your company and click Next.


Figure 4 – Product registration

On the next screen we have a verification of hardware and software requirements. If any unforeseen, troubleshoot the problem and click Check Again. After successfully, click Next.


Figure 5 – Requirements checklist

Choose a location for the installation of the product, and then click Next. You need at least 2 GB of free space on the chosen location.


Figure 6 – installation location

For reports and some data you must have SQL Server. You can use an existing SQL Server to create this or simply use the option Install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP3. This last option installs a simpler version of SQL and creates the database on the local computer. Select the desired option, and then click Next.


Figure 7 – SQL Server configurations

During installation is created a share where you will store the templates virtual machine, VHD and script files. If you already have a share for this, simply place the share name, and then click Next.


Figure 8 – Library sharing

Installation configuration is necessary to specify the communication ports with the VMM Server. The following ports are already defined as default, and are created to the same exceptions in Windows Firewall:




Used to connect the VMM Administrator Console (not installed by default)



Used for communication of VMM agents and Library Servers


Transferring files between the VMM Server and port agents


In addition, you must use a service account. If you’re using another account other than local System, don’t forget to put it as a local administrator on the server and select the option to password never expires. After these settings, click Next.


Figura 9 – Installation settings

Confirm all options, and then click Install.


Figure 10 – Confirmation of options

All the requirements are installed if they are not found in the system. After installation it is recommended that checked the latest updates from Windows Update.


Figure 11 – Complete installation

It is important to note that after the installation you must install the VMM Administrator console to connect and administration. The files are in VMM DVD itself and can be installed on workstations.

I installed on own Server VMM Administrator console to demo. To access it after the installation, click Start > all programs > Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 > Virtual Machine Manager Administrator console. Place the name of your Server VMM Server followed by the port, as shown in Figure 12. After you click Connect.


Figure 12 – Connection in VMM Server

In Figure 13 the VMM Server is already in production with a host and 5 VMs.


Figure 13 – VMM Server in production.

Leandro Carvalho


About leandroesc
Leandro Carvalho works as product specialist with Microsoft solutions such as Windows Server, Hyper-V, App-V, VDI, Security, System Center, Exchange, Lync Server, Sharepoint, Project Server and client systems, in addition to helping the community constantly with articles, forums, videos and lectures about his passion: Microsoft Virtualization. He obtained the certifications Certified Ethical Hacker/MCP/MCSA+M+S/MCSE+S/MCTS/MCITP/MCT and MVP. In 2009 he won the MCT Awards Latin America Trainer of the year and since 2009 the Microsoft MVP as a Virtualization Specialist.

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