If you use Hyper-V then you probably use the current version of System Centre Virtual Machine Manager. The journey to the Private Cloud is getting better with this release! You can head over to the Connect website to get the download. Make sure you don’t use it in a production environment as that’s not supported. Below is a list of the features in this release.
- 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 Centre 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 Centre Operations Manager
- Decouple OS image and application updates through image-based servicing.
- Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V
for help using the SCVMM 2012 Beta make sure you use the SCVMM Community Forums and leverage the SCVMM 2012 TechNet Library for all the step-by-step guides. For the download there is a complete CD Image you can use to install yourself or use the EvalVHD which has everything you need to test the beta.