Introduction to System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager ConsultantsSystem Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) works with other components of System Center 2012 R2 to let you configure and manage your virtualized datacenter powered by Windows Server. SCVMM 2012 centralizes management of virtualization hosts, network infrastructure, and storage associated with your private clouds. SCVMM 2012 allows you to create, manage, store, place and deploy VMs and services across multiple Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, and Citrix XenServer hosts and pools, and to make your virtualized resources available to private cloud deployments from a common user interface. SCVMM also integrates seamlessly with System Center 2012 Operations Manager (SCOM 2012) to monitor the health and performance of virtual machine hosts and their VMs, and to create standard and custom reports.

Progent can help organizations of any size to follow leading practices to set up SCVMM 2012 hosts and host groups, networking, storage, and library resources; create, implement, and administer private clouds, VMs, and services in SCVMM 2012; and integrate SCVMM 2012 with SCOM 2012 for enterprise-class monitoring and reporting. Progent can help you upgrade from earlier versions of SCVMM or from third-party management platforms, and Progent can help you optimize and troubleshoot your current SCVMM 2012 environment so you get maximum business value. Progent offers advanced online and onsite consulting expertise and can provide as-needed support or full project management services. Progent's consulting team includes certified experts in Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, and Citrix XenServer and can help you integrate these technologies with SCVMM 2012 to create a secure, unified solution for managing your virtualized resources. Progent can also provide System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager migration consulting to help you plan and carry out an efficient migration from SCVMM 2012 to SCVMM 2016 in order to take advantage of stronger security features, improved VMM storage fabric, and other enhancements.

Components of System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager
The core component of SCVMM 2012 is the VMM management server, for which the most functional host operating system is Windows Server 2012 R2. If you install the VMM management server on a physical or virtual machine running Windows Server 2012 R2, you can create Hyper-V host clusters or Scale-Out File Server clusters. Installing the VMM management server on a failover cluster provides high availability for your SCVMM 2012 environment. Progent offers advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 consulting support and can help you design and implement an appropriate clustering strategy to support SCVMM 2012. Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you plan and carry out a cohesive, manageable, and scalable deployment of all the components of SCVMM 2016, which include:

  • VMM Management Server: This is the computer, preferably powered by Windows Server 2012 R2 or later, that runs VMM service. The VMM management server processes commands and controls communications with the VMM database, the VMM library server, and virtual machine hosts.
  • VMM Database: This database, powered by Microsoft SQL Server, holds SCVMM configuration data including virtual machine and service templates and profiles.
  • VMM Console: The VMM Console provides a centralized interface to a VMM management server for viewing and controlling both physical and virtual resources that include VM hosts, VMs, services, and library resources.
  • VMM Library and Library Server: The library catalogs the resources such as VHDs, templates, and profiles used to deploy virtual machines and services. The library server hosts the shared folders that store file-based resources in the VMM library.
  • VMM Command Shell: This command shell, based on Windows PowerShell, provides access to the PowerShell cmdlets that control all SCVMM 2012 functions.
  • VMM Self-Service Portal: This optional website allows users assigned a self-service user role to deploy and manage their own virtual machines in private clouds.
New and Enhanced Features of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager delivers significant improvements over earlier releases in many critical areas including scale, performance, VM and cloud support, networking, storage, server management, recovery, and Windows Server 2012 R2 support. Important new and improved features of SCVMM 2012 include:
  • Improved Scale and Performance
    SCVMM 2012 supports the scale and performance capabilities of Windows Server 2012 R2 and key Microsoft workloads including SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint. With Windows Server 2012 R2, one SCVMM 2012 server can support as many as 1,000 hosts and 25,000 VMs. In addition, Dynamic Memory support for Linux dramatically increases VM density per host. SCVMM also supports the faster live migration features of Windows Server 2012 R2 and the optimized support for VHD and VHDX differencing disks for faster performance and reduced costs for provisioning VMs.
  • Multi-hypervisor and Multi-tenant Private Clouds
    SCVMM 2012 supports multi-hypervisor private clouds that can span Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer. SCVMM 2012 also supports the provisioning of multi-tenant edge gateways to bridge physical and virtual datacenters in hybrid clouds.
  • Dynamic Resizing of VHDX Virtual Disks
    For Hyper-V hosts running Windows Server 2012 R2, SCVMM 2012 supports online resizing of VHDX virtual disks on SCSI bus while the disks are in use. Dynamic VHDX resize allows you to increase virtualized storage automatically as required by your applications and workloads.

    Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Consulting

    SCVMM 2012 can increase virtualized storage on demand as required by your applications and workloads

  • Service Templates
    SCVMM 2012 allows you to define the resources needed for key applications or workloads using service templates that specify requirements such as hardware and OS profiles so SCVMM 2012 can provision the appropriate infrastructure resources. Access to service templates can be delegated to application owners so they can self-provision application services, cutting administrative overhead while reducing provisioning errors.
  • Simplified Disaster Recovery
    To streamline cross-datacenter disaster recovery of VM-based infrastructure services, SCVMM 2012 works with Hyper-V Replica and Microsoft Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager to provide a private cloud abstraction layer in the source and destination datacenters. This avoids the need for costly SAN-based replication. (Learn about Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and cloud integration consulting services.)
  • NVGRE Gateway Network Virtualization Management
    SCVMM 2012 allows you to create a virtualized network on top of a service provider's infrastructure, extending your network to span on-premises resources and a service provider cloud.
  • Support for Generation 2 Virtual Machines
    You can now create generation 2 virtual machines and VM service and role templates based on these VMs. Generation 2 VMs offer new capabilities including Secure Boot, PXE (Pre eXecution Environment) boot via a standard network adapter, and boot from SCSI VHD or virtual DVD.
  • Live Cloning of Virtual Machines
    SCVMM 2012 supports Hyper-V live cloning, allowing you to export VMs virtual machines without downtime and without the need to create and configure new VMs that match existing ones.
  • Expanded Linux Support
    SCVMM 2012 adds support for Oracle Linux 5 and 6 and Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 as guest operating systems that can be deployed to Hyper-V hosts from a gallery of templates. SCVMM 2012 supports both x86 and x64 versions of these operating systems.
  • Support for Fibre Channel
    SCVMM 2012 allows you to manage Fibre Channel fabrics and to provision VMs automatically with connectivity to storage over Fibre Channel fabrics. Virtual Fibre Channel gives Hyper-V VMs on host computers access to Fibre Channel SAN array resources so that applications and workloads requiring direct access to SAN logical unit numbers can be virtualized. In addition, virtual machine failover clusters can access Fibre Channel SAN arrays directly via Virtual Fibre Channel.
  • Fast File Copy
    When possible, SCVMM 2012 utilizes the Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX) feature of Windows Server 2012 R2 to speed up the process of copying large files between two locations, which significantly reduces the time required for VM deployment and file transfers.
  • Update Support for Infrastructure Servers
    SCVMM 2012 can manage infrastructure servers running Windows Server 2012 R2 that are not VMM host servers. Infrastructure servers that can be managed by SCVMM 2012 include Active Directory, Domain Name System (DNS), and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). A Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server can be used to manage updates for these infrastructure servers just like other computers in the SCVMM 2012 ecosystem.

How Progent Can Help You with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
Progent can help organizations of all sizes in every facet of implementing a SCVMM 2012 solution including creating, deploying, and managing private clouds, virtual machines, and SCVMM services. Progent can help you install the VMM management server and VMM Console, set up the VMM Self-service Portal, migrate virtual machines and storage in SCVMM, integrate SCVMM with Active Directory, manage keys to encrypted data, monitor SCVMM's health and performance, and generate reports. Progent's certified hypervisor professionals can provide advanced Hyper-V consulting, VMware vSphere and vCloud support, and Citrix XenServer expertise. Progent can also help you with common tasks associated with deploying and maintaining SCVMM 2012 such as checking that your system prerequisites are in place, recommending a SCVMM/Hyper-V hierarchy, writing PowerShell scripts, creating new virtual machines from templates, physical to virtual (P2V) migration, migrating to virtual servers, creating virtual switches, and resolving issues with overcommitted Hyper-V clusters.

Progent's long background providing advanced remote consulting can help you meet your budget and schedule in deploying System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. Progent's SQL Server consultants can help you install SQL Server to support SCVMM 2012, populate the VMM database, and configure the VMM database with AlwaysOn Availability Groups in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 to ensure maximum uptime. Progent can also provide System Center Operations Manager consulting services to assist you in integrating SCOM 2012 with SCVMM 2012 for enterprise-class monitoring and reporting, and Progent's System Center Data Protection Manager consultants can integrate SCVMM 2012 with SCDPM 2012 so that VM protection continues automatically during live migration. Progent also offers consulting expertise for all the other components of System Center 2012 R2 suite including Configuration Manager, Orchestrator, App Controller, and Endpoint Protection. In addition, Progent's System Center 2016 experts can help you migrate to the latest versions of System Center and SCVMM to manage a hybrid cloud environment that incorporates on-premises resources and cloud services.

To help you design and support your physical and virtualized fabric, Progent offers the remote and on-premises support of Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants to help you plan, implement, and manage a secure network topology that provides the performance you need today and the scalability to grow along with your organization. Progent's certified information security consultants offer a broad range of auditing and remediation services to make sure your virtualized datacenter meets all security and compliance requirements.

An important advantage of virtual machines other than cutting hardware costs is their potential for fast restoration. Progent can help you utilize SCVMM 2012 to create a virtualized ecosystem that offers high availability and rapid recovery by offering disaster recovery planning services and business continuity planning consulting.

To find out more about Progent's planning, consulting and troubleshooting services for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft-based IT Solutions
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can provide comprehensive consulting and troubleshooting services for IT networks built on Microsoft technology. Progent can help businesses of any size to plan, implement, manage, optimize and troubleshoot the entire range of Microsoft server and application platforms by providing services that include:

For fast online support from a Microsoft-certified consulting expert, see Progent's Online Consulting and Troubleshooting Services.

Learn more about Progent's Consulting and Troubleshooting Services for Microsoft .NET Servers.

© 2002- 2019 Progent Corporation. All rights reserved.

More topics of interest:

An index of content::

Aptos Small Business IT Consulting Firms Technical Support Northern California
Berkeley SCVMM 2012 PowerShell Computer Consultants BlackBerry Tech Outsourcing in Philadelphia
Beverly Hills, California Server Consulting Beverly Hills, California IT Consultant
BlackBerry BPS Professionals BlackBerry Software Software Consulting Firm Bellevue Kirkland
BlackBerry Enterprise Server Network Administration BlackBerry BES Server Computer Support For Small Offices San Leandro
BlackBerry Smartphone Network Designers BlackBerry Professional Software Outsourcing IT Support Chesapeake, VA
BlackBerry Wireless Small Business Server Support Service for BlackBerry BES Server in Aptos, CA
CISSP Security Tech Services New Jersey Security Audit Services for Firewall
Cisco Certified Expert Midsized Office Consulting Services Firm Midsize Company Computer Network Consultants
Cisco Consultancy Services Cisco Network Design and Configuration
Cisco Expert Information Technology Consultants Virginia - Virginia Beach, VA, Norfolk, VA, Chesapeake, VA, Richmond, VA Outsourcing Companies
Cisco and Microsoft Certified Network Consulting Firm Computer Consultant for Kansas
Computer Consultancy Services Providers in Lambert International Airport STL
Computer Consulting Company Network Consulting Company California
Computer Security Specialist Firewall Security Tech Services Philadelphia, PA
Computer Service Providers for Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 2008 Server Technical Support Organization in San Francisco, CA
Computer Services for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Windows 2008 Server Tech Services in Seattle, WA
Configuration for SharePoint 2013 Santa Ana-Costa Mesa Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Support
Consultants for Linux Linux Support Outsourcing Nebraska
Email Reputation Analysis Consultancy Email Guard Data Loss Prevention Services
Engineer for MRTG for Linux MRTG Online Technical Support
Firewall Network Consultant CISSP Consulting
Glendale, AZ Small Business Network Support Microsoft and Cisco Authorized Expert Information Technology Consulting
Hialeah, FL Consultancy Hialeah, Florida Server Recovery
IT Consultants for Microsoft SharePoint Server SharePoint Server 2010 Specialists Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth
IT Consulting Microsoft and Cisco Computer Support Consultants
IT Consulting for BlackBerry Enterprise Server BlackBerry Enterprise Server IT Outsourcing Companies
IT Service Provider for Houston, TX Installer for Houston, TX
Information Technology Consultants for Microsoft SQL 2014 SQL 2012 Computer Support Consultants
Information Technology Consulting Companies for Microsoft SQL 2008 System Consulting for SQL Server 2014 in Pima County
Information Technology Support California Information Technology Consulting Firms
MCSE Expert Certified Network Consultants for SCVMM 2012 Live Migration in Boise, ID Windows Server 2016 Migrations
Miami, FL SCVMM 2012 Computer Consultant Network Consulting in Illinois
Microsoft Certified Partner Network Consulting Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Support and Help in Denver
Microsoft Certified Partner Online Troubleshooting in Cincinnati, OH BlackBerry BES Setup Consultancy Services in Mesa, AZ
Microsoft Computer Consultants for SCVMM 2012 XenServer Fairbanks, AK Jackson, MS, Gulfport, MS, Biloxi, MS, Hattiesburg, MS Information Technology Outsourcing
Microsoft Engineer Telecommute Jobs Remote Support Job for Computer Engineer
Microsoft Exchange Online Technical Support Exchange Server 2016 Integration Support
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Remote Support Services Nationwide Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Online Help Bernalillo County New Mexico
Microsoft Experts Online Consulting for SCVMM 2012 Live Migration Cisco Integration Companies
Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Information Technology Outsourcing Firms Port of Mobile, Alabama SQL Server 2014 Software Consulting Firm
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Configuration Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Technology Consulting Services Fresno California
Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager Online Help Pittsburgh, PA Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 IT Consulting in Ontario
Microsoft Windows Computer Support Consultant Leon County Florida Microsoft Exchange Computer Consulting Group
Microsoft and Cisco Certified Computer Support Consultants for Chicago, Illinois Microsoft and Cisco Chicago, Illinois Server Migration Specialists
Migration Consultant for Yolo County Woodland Information Technology Consultant in Northern California
Migration Consultants for Santa Cruz County Santa Cruz County IT Consultants California
Milpitas On-Call Services Local Server Setup
Network Consulting for SCVMM 2012 PowerShell in Grand Ledge, MI Small Business IT Consulting Firm for Microsoft and Apple Lowell
Network Support Consultant for Washington, District of Columbia Washington, DC Business Computer Server Companies
New York, New York Network Architect Technology Consulting for New York, New York
Office Excel 2007 Consulting Microsoft Excel Classes
Online Technical Support for SCVMM 2012 Reporting in Fort Worth, TX Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Support and Integration New England
Piedmont Information Technology Consulting Firm Oakland Tech California
Professionals San Francisco Airport SFO Support and Integration for Microsoft SharePoint 2013
RIM BlackBerry Design Consultant BlackBerry Desktop Manager Network Management Services Irvine California
RIM BlackBerry Security Consulting Services Small Business IT Outsourcing Companies for BlackBerry Exchange
Remote Technical Support Phone Support Services in Northern California
Remote Technical Support in Los Angeles Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
SCVMM 2012 Live Migration Integration in Birmingham, AL Network Security Consultant Employment Chesapeake Hampton Roads
SCVMM 2012 PowerShell IT Consultant in Fort Worth, Texas Outsourcing IT Support for BlackBerry Wireless Georgia
SQL 2014 Technical Support Organization SQL Server 2012 Small Business IT Consultants
Santa Rosa SCVMM 2012 Backup and Recovery Consultants IT Consulting Company for IT Outsourcing Flint, Genesee County
Santa Rosa Small Business Network Consulting Services Sebastopol Computer Systems Consulting
Security Security Auditor Nationwide Security Consulting Services
SharePoint 2013 Integration Support SharePoint Server Consulting Hamilton County Ohio
SharePoint 2013 Network Consultant SharePoint Server 2010 Onsite Technical Support in Pasadena Carson Hawthorne Lynwood
SharePoint Server 2007 Consulting Services Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 Integration Services in Bellevue, King County
SharePoint Server 2010 Consultant SharePoint Specialists
SharePoint Server Computer Consultant Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Network Consultants in Denver Colorado
Slackware Linux, Sun Solaris, UNIX Onsite Technical Support Slackware Linux, Sun Solaris, UNIX Computer Consultant District of Columbia
Small Business Network Network Services Microsoft Exchange Technical Firms in Elk Grove Arden-Arcade
Software Support Microsoft Certified Seattle, King County, Washington Computer Consultants
Solutions Provider for Cisco Access Point Cisco Management Server Support
Support for SharePoint Server 2007 Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Setup and Support in Atlanta, Fulton County
System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Engineer in Solano County Professional in California
System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Online Support Services in Rochester Windows Server 2019 Technology Providers
System Consultant for Microsoft Network Microsoft and Apple Online Troubleshooting High Point, NC
System Support for Cisco Cisco Small Business IT Outsourcing
UNIX Network Consultant Intrusion Detection for Solaris
Ubiquiti UAP-AC WiFi access point Technology Professional Specialist for Ubiquiti UniFi switch
VMM Self-Service Portal Engineer in Emeryville Technical Consultant for Dublin
Windows 2008 Server Technical Support Company Bakersfield, CA Windows 2008 Server Network Service
Windows Server 2019 On-site Technical Support Windows Server 2012 R2 Support Organizations Sacramento California