System Center Virtual Machine Manager News

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!

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