System Center Virtual Machine Manager News

Yesterday was an exiting day for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) fans. fellow Hans Vredevoort blogged about the confirmation of the SCVMM product team that SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 is RTM: 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!

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