Yesterday was an exiting day for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) fans. Hyper-V.nu fellow Hans Vredevoort blogged about the confirmation of the SCVMM product team that SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 is RTM: http://www.hyper-v.nu/blogs/hans/?p=581. This means that we can manage Dynamic Memory and Remote FX settings from SCVMM. In my opinion a must have for all Hyper-V environments! But, a download link can still not be found. Why does Microsoft do this anouncement and doesn’t make the download available? Common guys give us SP1!
Even more exiting was the e-mail I received with the subject: SCVMM 2012 Beta Available Now! And yes this anouncement makes sence because I can download the software immediately :-). The beta can be download here.
The SCVMM 2012 TechNet Library is the definitive content source for all step-by-step instructions.
With SCVMM 2012 you will be able to do:
- 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
- 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
- Storage Management – Classify storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs
- 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.
- PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors.
- 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
- Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment
- 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.
- Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V
Be aware: The SCVMM 2012 Beta is NOT Supported in production environments!
Nice days are comming: playing around with SCVMM 2012 and waiting for the SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 download!