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Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Server Fabric Lifecycle, Part 2 - OSD, OOB and Agent Management

Carmen Summers

Senior Program Manager

Microsoft Corporation

system center virtual machine manager 2012
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012





  • Fabric
  • Management
  • Hyper-V Bare Metal Provisioning
  • Update Management
  • Hyper-V,
  • VMware, Citrix XenServer
  • Dynamic Optimization
  • Network Management
  • Power Management
  • Storage Management
  • Monitoring Integration
session objectives
Session Objectives
  • Understanding of:
    • VMM 2012 investments in fabric management for VM Hosts
      • XenServer, VMware and Hyper-V
    • How VMM 2012 fabric management decreases the cost of maintenance and operations through automation
host management in vmm 2008 r2
Host management in VMM 2008 R2
  • VMM focus is on “VM Host Management”
    • Adding VM Hosts into VMM
    • Managing VM Host properties
    • Monitoring Host agent states

Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Architecture


Self Service Web Portal

  • Operations Manager
  • Management Server

Windows PowerShell

SCVMM Connector

  • Virtual Machine Manager
  • Management Server

Management Interfaces

Windows Deployment Services Server (WDS)

VMM Library


Virtualization Abstraction Layer

Windows Software Update Services Server


VMware vCenter


Hosts and Clusters

Citrix XenServer Hosts and Clusters

VMware ESX

Hosts and Clusters

VMware ESX

Hosts and Clusters

Storage / Networking

esx management vcenter 4 1 integration
ESX ManagementvCenter 4.1 Integration
  • vCenter datacenter tree structure not imported
  • Add host and clusters into any host group
  • Support for using less privileged accounts in vCenter


SCVMM 2008 R2


esx management networking
ESX Management - Networking
  • vSwitch types supported
    • Standard, distributed vSwitch
  • Port group types discovered and used
    • Standard, distributed port group
esx management vmware templates
ESX Management – VMware Templates
  • Template in Library
    • Discover and use VMDK in Library for template creation
  • Template Import
    • Import of vCenter template object meta data into VMM Library
    • Does not copy VMDK to VMM library
    • Does not remove template in vCenter
    • New VM workflow uses vCenter to copy VMDK (faster deployment)
vmware management vm management
VMware Management - VM Management
  • Thinly provisioned virtual disk in template and VM
  • Fault Tolerance
    • Discover and use primary VM
    • Migration to Library disabled
    • No support for creating FT VMs
  • Updating VM hardware properties to match platform
esx management vm migration
ESX Management - VM Migration
  • Supported VMware transfer types
    • Live Migration
    • Live Storage Migration
  • Supported VMM transfer types
    • Network migration to/from Library
      • Note: Thin provision disks become THICK
    • Network migration between hosts
  • Supported copy mechanisms
    • VMware native HTTPS
    • No support for SFTP (no need to enable root SSH)
    • Still requires root credential
benefits of xenserver support in vmm
Benefits of XenServer support in VMM
  • Management of all hypervisors in your datacenters
  • More choice for Linux guests in addition to what Hyper-V supports
  • VMM features get applied to XenServer
xenserver management
XenServer Management
  • VMM has no dependency on Citrix XenCenter


Citrix XenCenter

SCVMM 2012 Libraries

SCVMM 2012 Server

Citrix XenServer(s)


Integration Pack

Storage Repositories

xenserver management host management
XenServer ManagementHost Management
  • Host configuration takes place outside of VMM
  • Standalone & Pooled hosts
  • Power Control
    • Shutdown and Power On (if OOB capable hardware), Restart
  • Maintenance Mode
xenserver management host storage
XenServer ManagementHost Storage
  • Support all virtual disk storage repositories
    • iSCSI, NFS, HBA, StorageLink
    • Shared and Local
    • All storage must be added to XenServer outside of VMM
  • ISO repositories
    • NFS or CIFS
    • ISO Repository must be Read-Write
    • Only support attaching ISOs from the VMM library
xenserver management host networking
XenServer ManagementHost Networking
  • Differences between Hyper-V and XenServer Virtual Switches
    • VLAN tagging takes place at physical pseudo NIC level
    • Separate switch for each VLAN
  • VMM wraps a single Virtual Switch around all of the XenServer switches on a single physical adapter
xenserver management vm management
XenServer ManagementVM Management
  • PV & HVM VMs are supported
    • Windows will only run on HVM VMs
    • VMM will only create HVM VMs from scratch
  • Standard VM settings available
    • Use VHDs
    • No Floppy, No COM ports
  • Actions
    • Start, Stop, Save state, Pause, Shut down
  • Checkpoints
    • Takes advantage of new checkpoint enhancements in XenServer
  • Guest console access
  • Intelligent Placement & Dynamic Optimization
  • Dynamic Memory is not supported
xenserver management vm templates
XenServer ManagementVM Templates
  • VMM Templates are supported with XenServer
    • Generalization/Customization for Windows VMs only
    • Citrix Tools for VMs must be installed manually
  • XenServer Templates
    • Not used by VMM
    • To import into VMM
      • Use XenCenter to create a VM
      • Create VMM Template from this VM
    • PV properties are retained
out of band oob management
Out-of-band (OOB) Management
  • Discovery & basic hardware inventory
    • Basic asset properties (Mfg / Model / AssetTag / SerialNo, etc.)
  • Manage power states – query, power on, power off
  • Collection of system hardware logs
  • Enabler of scenarios
    • Bare Metal Deployment
    • Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization
out of band management interfaces
Out-of-band Management Interfaces

Standards Based - in box

  • SMASH via WS-MAN (not CLP)
    • Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware
    • Intelligent Platform Management Interface
    • Data Center Management Interface


  • Configuration Provider Interface
bare metal deployment goal
Bare Metal DeploymentGoal

Discover bare metal machines and bring them to a fully provisioned state with Hyper-Venabled


1. OOB Reboot

5. Run GCEs & Configure partitions

3. Authorize PXE Boot

2. Boot from PXE

8. Customize & Domain Join

4. Download WINPE


6. Download VHD

9. Enable


7. Inject Drivers

Library server

WDS server

Bare Metal


VMM Server



Host profile



bare metal deployment of hyper v pxe server
Bare Metal Deployment of Hyper-VPXE Server
  • Windows Deployment Server (WDS) on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Installs VMM OSD provider and agent
    • Coexists with other providers
    • Responds to VMM initiated PXE requests
    • Deploys WinPE
in review session objectives and takeaways
In Review: Session Objectives and Takeaways
  • Understanding of:
    • VMM 2012 investments in fabric management for VM Hosts
      • XenServer, VMware and Hyper-V
    • How VMM 2012 fabric management decreases the cost of maintenance and operations
vmm 2012 community evaluation program
VMM 2012 Community Evaluation Program
  • Guided evaluation of Management & Security Products
    • Access to evaluation bits and VHDs
    • Access to product group at Virtual Chalk Talks
  • Community of Participants
    • Share feedback on product and documentation
    • Share best practices and experiences
  • Learn more about programs at
    • Or email with your interest

* Proposed Sessions, dates and Session details subject to change

track resources
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