SCVMM and the Hyper-V Beta

I’ve been getting lots of questions about SCVMM and the recently announced Hyper-V beta (more info about that here).  The version of SCVMM that we released a couple of months back supports Virtual Server running on Windows Server 2003 only. Support for Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 is being worked on as we speak and…

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Shelf-ware – the SCVMM Library

One of the things we heard fairly early on while planning VMM was that offline storage of VHDs was going to become an increasingly large management task. Based on this need, we created the “VM Library” feature to allow users to save virtual machines that weren’t currently running to a managed location. As we developed the requirements…

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Whoops….glad at created a checkpoint

Sorry for the gap between posts. I was on the east cost for the thanksgiving holiday and then stayed for the week to talk to some customers about our future road map and get their feedback. Anyhow, today we’re gonna talk about checkpoints.   One of the things that I personally used to find confusing about virtual server was the usage…

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Putting together the next version of SCVMM

Even though I’m writing a lot about V1, the engineering team here in Redmond is hard at work on the next release of SCVMM slated for next year. In V1 we had a lot of ‘plumbing’ code to write including a task infrastructure, the Powershell integration model, WS-Man etc. etc. I feel really good about…

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Placement….how do you do that voodoo?

Placement is the term we use to describe the processes of matching VM requirements to available host resources. This is useful when you initially create a VM, migrate a VM or deploy a VM from the library.  We broke down VM placement requirements into two buckets: 1) Hard Requirements – these are requirements that a VM…

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So you wanna build a VM….

Sorry for the delayed post….I was visiting my family in Canada and didn’t get a chance to post before I left.  In this post I’ll get into how you go about building a VM. We wanted to make the product as flexible as possible and allow for the creation of virtual machines from a variety of…

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The ins and outs of host management

Kind of a long post but helpful I hope….  When we started working on this product, we tried to wrap our heads around what it really means to provide a “VM Management Solution”. A great way to figure it out is to spend a few days doing the work of a Windows Server admin and walk…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager Version 1 is now available….

Hi – I’m Rakesh Malhotra and I’m the Group Program Manager for SCVMM. My team is responsible for prioritizing features, staying in touch with customers and partners, understanding the competition and driving the overall project forward. With the first release of SCVMM behind us, I thought for the next release I’d start a blog so anyone who is…

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