Configure Private Cloud VM Compute Fabric with System Center 2012 SP1 VMM – Build Your Private Cloud


To be effective, Private Clouds need to embrace the virtualization technologies that you have currently deployed in your datacenter and permit you to manage them as a single compute fabric, rather than getting locked in to separately managing silos of virtualization technologies.

Don’t get me wrong … Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 certainly offer tremendous cost-effective enterprise scale benefits when it comes time to expand the virtualization capacity in your datacenter. BUT … System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager allows you to deliver a Private Cloud TODAY by deploying and managing VMs on existing virtualization hosts, whether those hosts are running Hyper-V, VMware 4.1 / 5.1 and/or Citrix XenServer 6.0 / 6.1 – all from a single point of Private Cloud management!

In the video below, Yung Chou and I show how to configure a Private Cloud compute fabric in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM.  Join us as we step through the process of adding and configuring hosts, clusters, and host resources across Hyper-V, VMware and Citrix XenServer to provide a unified compute fabric that you can consistently scale and manage across your datacenter.

Configure VM Compute Fabric in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager

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Specific topics in this session include:

  • [ 01:30 ] Recap: Building a Private Cloud
  • [ 04:15 ] Configuring the Compute Fabric in Virtual Machine Manager
  • [ 09:22 ] DEMO: Adding Hosts & Clusters in VMM – Windows Server
  • [ 18:40 ] DEMO: Bare Metal Deployment – Hyper-V Hosts Only
  • [ 27:40 ] DEMO: Adding Hosts & Clusters in VMM – Citrix XenServer and VMware vCenter
  • [ 31:46 ] DEMO: How to Manage Host Resources

What’s Next?

After reviewing this video, get prepared to explore the Private Cloud management capabilities of System Center 2012 for yourself in this series with these downloadable resources:

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What are your thoughts around Private Cloud? Feel free to share your comments and thoughts below!

– Keith

Comments (5)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Levi,

    6 VM's per physical host is generally the "break-even" point for using Datacenter vs Standard edition Licenses.  So, in your scenario, I'd recommend 4 Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition licenses to license the Server OS in each virtualized Windows Server instance + 4 System Center 2012 Datacenter Edition Licenses.

    You can find more details on licensing in our licensing datasheets at: http://www.microsoft.com/…/pricing-licensing.aspx

    Hope this helps!

    Keith

  2. Levi says:

    Keith,

    System Center 2012 licensing is causing me a headache. If I quickly layout my scenario would you be able to tell me what I need?

    Four 2-CPU Host Servers running Hyper-V Server 2012 each with 4 to 6 virtual servers.

    The virtual servers will all likely become instances of Server 2012.

    Currently I the vm's are a mix of 2003 and 2008 Servers residing on various versions of ESX/ESXi.

    Thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    December 23rd, 2013: Updated to include additional resources …

    Module 0: Added links for New FREE EBOOKS and Documentation for Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 VMM and Windows Azure Pack
    Module 1: Added links to Datacenter TCO

  4. Anonymous says:

    December 23rd, 2013: Updated to include additional resources …

    Module 0: Added links for New FREE EBOOKS and Documentation for Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 VMM and Windows Azure Pack
    Module 1: Added links to Datacenter TCO

  5. Anonymous says:

    April 11, 2014: Updated to include additional resources …

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