Skip to main content

SCVMM 2012 Beta Overview

VMM 2012 features deep investments in server application virtualization, service design and service modeling all of which can be used to efficiently offer an on-premises private cloud. This is not the SCVMM of yesterday. It is packed full of new and exciting features!

SCVMM 2012 offers key new features that include:

· Fabric Management

Hyper-v life cycle management (deploy to bare metal, configure, manage, patch)

Hyper-v Cluster Management (create cluster, configure, orchestrated patching of a hyper-v cluster)

Multiple Hypervisor Management (Hyper-v, VMware, Citrix XenServer)

Network Management

Storage Management

· Cloud Management

Private Cloud Management

· Self-service Usage

Self-service user experience enriched with ability to use the VMM console.

· Service Lifecycle Management

Author service templates

Deploy VMM authored services

Version and update authored service template

Apply new versioned service templates to deployed virtualized services using image-based servicing.

In general we expect customer to follow the below high-level scenario flow:

· Setup Virtual Machine Manager

· Create and configure the datacenter fabric

· Create and delegate clouds

· Author service templates, then deploy and update services running on the clouds.

Like I stated earlier, in the coming days the SCVMM team will publish a blog series that will focus on helping users get started with SCVMM 2012 beta. These blogs post simply highlight the features sets and provide useful tidbits from the feature area program manager’s on SCVMM team. For actual step-by-step guidance our top notch staff of technical writers have SCVMM 2012 Beta Documentation available on TechNet.

For now, I’ll leave you with a pictorial view of the areas for managing your fabric, clouds and services as well as our new drag-and-drop visual service designer. Stay tuned for more details in the days and weeks to come.

Datacenter Fabric- Server Management

Once you have VMM 2012 Beta installed lets take a walk through the SCVMM 2012 User Interface to help you understand the features within each workspace.

Below we start out in the Fabric workspace at the top node called Servers. Within the image below there is detail about the operations you perform in the Server Node within the Fabric Workspace.

Datacenter Fabric- Network Management
Next, while still in the fabric workspace we navigate down to the Networking Node. In the slide below there are details about the operations you perform in networking section within the fabric workspace.

Datacenter Fabric- Storage Management

Last but not least in the Fabric workspace is the Storage Section. The slide below provides you a screen shot of this space and details what operations are performed within the storage node in the Fabric workspace.

Private Cloud Creation
Now, we move over to the VMs and Services Workspace. Within this workspace depending upon your user role you will see virtualized workloads running on clouds or within host groups. In the image below see details about operations within private cloud node inside the VMs and Services work space.

Service Creation Designer

Once you have your SCVMM 2012 Fabric all setup to run virtualized workloads SCVMM provides you the ability to create virtualized services within the Service Designer tool. The below image details features within the Service Designer.

Popular posts from this blog


The BCD registry file controls which operating system installation starts and how long the boot manager waits before starting Windows. Basically, it’s like the Boot.ini file in earlier versions of Windows. If you need to edit it, the easiest way is to use the Startup And Recovery tool from within Vista. Just follow these steps: 1. Click Start. Right-click Computer, and then click Properties. 2. Click Advanced System Settings. 3. On the Advanced tab, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings. 4. Click the Default Operating System list, and edit other startup settings. Then, click OK. Same as Windows XP, right? But you’re probably not here because you couldn’t find that dialog box. You’re probably here because Windows Vista won’t start. In that case, you shouldn’t even worry about editing the BCD. Just run Startup Repair, and let the tool do what it’s supposed to. If you’re an advanced user, like an IT guy, you might want to edit the BCD file yourself. You can do this

DNS Scavenging.

                        DNS Scavenging is a great answer to a problem that has been nagging everyone since RFC 2136 came out way back in 1997.  Despite many clever methods of ensuring that clients and DHCP servers that perform dynamic updates clean up after themselves sometimes DNS can get messy.  Remember that old test server that you built two years ago that caught fire before it could be used?  Probably not.  DNS still remembers it though.  There are two big issues with DNS scavenging that seem to come up a lot: "I'm hitting this 'scavenge now' button like a snare drum and nothing is happening.  Why?" or "I woke up this morning, my DNS zones are nearly empty and Active Directory is sitting in a corner rocking back and forth crying.  What happened?" This post should help us figure out when the first issue will happen and completely avoid the second.  We'll go through how scavenging is setup then I'll give you my best practices.  Scavenging s

AD LDS – Syncronizing AD LDS with Active Directory

First, we will install the AD LDS Instance: 1. Create and AD LDS instance by clicking Start -> Administrative Tools -> Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup Wizard. The Setup Wizard appears. 2. Click Next . The Setup Options dialog box appears. For the sake of this guide, a unique instance will be the primary focus. I will have a separate post regarding AD LDS replication at some point in the near future. 3. Select A unique instance . 4. Click Next and the Instance Name dialog box appears. The instance name will help you identify and differentiate it from other instances that you may have installed on the same end point. The instance name will be listed in the data directory for the instance as well as in the Add or Remove Programs snap-in. 5. Enter a unique instance name, for example IDG. 6. Click Next to display the Ports configuration dialog box. 7. Leave ports at their default values unless you have conflicts with the default values. 8. Click N