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System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager New Features

System Center Virtual Machine Manager adds substantial new features to enable management of all the new capabilities within Hyper-V 3.0. But remember SCVMM should be upgraded to SP1 LAST!

Paul Gregory | 31 January 2013

System Center Virtual Machine Manager adds substantial new features to enable management of all the new capabilities within Hyper-V 3.0. But remember SCVMM should be upgraded to SP1 LAST!

Removed features

Maybe the first thing to be aware of is removal of support for the Self-Service portal.  All self-service is now provided through System Center App Controller or the VMM console

High availability with N_Port ID virtualization is no longer supported, VMM is compatible with the Virtual synthetic adapter in Virtual Machines now.

VDS support removed.  All SANs have to be managed through SMI-S

New Features - General

  • Full support for all Hyper-V 3.0 capabilities
  • 64 Node Clusters on Windows Server 2012
  • Manage vSphere 5.1 & XenServer 6.0
  • Support for Hyper-V 3.0 new Live Migration and Storage Migration features
  • Scalability improvements to manage 1000 physical hosts 22,000 VM's
  • Able to deploy services to VM's in a non-trusted domain or workgroup
  • SQL Server 2012 support when deploying services

New Features - Networking

  • Support for Hyper-V Network Virtualisation and Isolation
  • Management of Hyper-V extensible switch, including deployment and configuration of extensions
  • A new 'Logical Switch' which allows Hyper-V switches across multiple hosts to managed as a single item

New Features - Storage

  • Support for VM's stored on SMB 3.0
  • Support for VHDX introduced

New Features - Linux VM's

  • Linux specific settings added to the operating system specialization
  • Linux VM can now be included within a service deployment

New Features - Console

  • Third party and external applications/extensions can now be integrated into the ribbon
  • Performance improvements
  • Overview pages provide improved metric information

New Features - Operations Manager integration

System Center Operations Manager can now view information related to application hosts, load balancers and user roles as well as monitor virtual machines, services, hosts systems, network adapters and other fabric elements

If cloud load exceeds a certain threshold review other cloud for spare capacity and relocate to the cloud with the spare capacity

Additional reporting to track usage to aid in capacity planning  

Upgrading to SP1

Virtual Machine Manager needs to be the last component upgraded in the System Center stack.  SCVMM SP1 cannot connect to any of the other System Center products pre-SP1.  In addition VMM and APP Controller have to be upgraded at the same time otherwise all App controller functionality will be lost until it has been upgraded. Full upgrade documentation is available here .

Also remember QA has a full portfolio of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 training courses

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QA Training | Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Head of Microsoft Infrastructure

A Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1995, Paul has worked both for and with some of the world's leading IT Services organisations – including Unisys, Dell and Microsoft during the Microsoft Windows (TAP) Technology Adoption Programme. Paul specializes in delivering training around the Windows Operating system as well infrastructure and management solutions around System Center going right back to SMS 1.0. Paul is a frequent visitor to Microsoft's Global Headquarters in Seattle to attend early product workshops and for many years has delivered training courses around the world on behalf of Microsoft. In addition to being actively involved in Microsoft's Windows TAP programme, Paul has recently delivered both Microsoft's Private Cloud 2012 readiness training to partners in the UK and was a member of the Microsoft global training team delivering Windows Server 2012 early adopter training. During recent years Microsoft has requested Paul to deliver System Center training at both Redmond and The South American head office to Microsoft Partners.
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