Today I was lucky enough to have some time for installing System Center Virtual Machnine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 and have a first look at it! Although I’ve read the pre-requisites for installing SCVMM 2012 I didn’t follow them up so I can see what the installation wizard is doing when these requirements aren’t met…. So let’s rock and roll:
As soon as I’m click “Install” I receive a message that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is not installed. The wizard asks me kindly: should I enable this feature? Off course I confirm and the feature is installed by the wizard.
I select the components “VMM Server” and “VMM Self-Service Portal” (the component “VMM Administrator Console” is selected automatically when you select “VMM Server”) in the “Select features to install” screen. For this setup all components will be installed on a single server (with exception of the database services). After configuring the way I would like to handle updates for SCVMM and specifying the installation location I received a message that the installation cannot continue. The problem is a missing Internet Information Services (IIS) 7 installation and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 is missing.
The Windows AIK is needed for a whole new feature of SCVMM2012. With SCVMM2012 it is possible to discover servers, automatically install Windows Server 2008 R2 and convert them into a managed Hyper-V host. Unfortunately this time the wizard does not ask me to download and install the software automatically but maybe it’s because of the file format of the Windows AIK installation file (ISO). Ok, so I’ve download the Windows AIK here and installed the software.
IIS is needed because I’ve selected the “VMM Self-Service Portal” component. And again the wizard does not ask me to enable this role so I need to install it by myself. By the way don’t forget to enable the following IIS Role features:
- .NET Extensibility
- Default Document
- Directory Browsing
- HTTP Errors
- IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
- IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
- ISAPI Extensions
- ISAPI Filters
- Request Filtering
- Static Content
After installing Windows AIK and enabling the IIS role (including the Role features) I can continue the installation.
In the next screen I receive a warning that the setup can continue but that the computer does not meet recommended system requirements, which can affect system performance. This warning is because of the missing component “SQL Server 2008 R2 Command Line Utilities”. This requirement is not mentioned on TechNet as far as I’ve seen. The installation wizard provides a link where I can download the required software. Don’t forget to download and install the SQL 2008 R2 Native Client because this is needed by the SQL Server 2008 R2 Command Line Utility. Ok, I’ve downloaded and installed the mentioned components and continue the installation.
In the “Database Configuration” screen you need to configure the database installation options. Only SQL 2008 (SP2) and SQL 2008 R2 are supported SQL server editions. In my setup I’ve specified a SQL 2005 (SP3) server and the installation continues without any problems. Off course I don’t recommend this setup because it is not supported!
The rest of the setup was a Next, next, finish story… so I will not bore you with that steps :-)
Finally I see this screen:
So, the installation was quite simple and fast. Now we can play with SCVMM2012!