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System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Cookbook - Second Edition

Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso

Over 70 recipes to help you design, configure, and manage a reliable and efficient virtual infrastructure with VMM 2012 R2.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782176848
Paperback428 pages

About This Book

  • Create, deploy, and manage datacenters and private and hybrid clouds with hybrid hypervisors using VMM 2012 R2
  • Integrate and manage fabric (compute, storages, gateways, and networking), services and resources, and deploy clusters from bare metal servers
  • Explore VMM 2012 R2 features such as Windows 2012 R2 and SQL 2012 support, converged networks, network virtualization, live migration, Linux VMs, and resource throttling and availability

Who This Book Is For

If you are a solutions architect, technical consultant, administrator, or any other virtualization enthusiast who needs to use Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager in a real-world environment, then this is the book for you.

We assume that you have previous experience with Windows 2012 R2 and Hyper-V.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: VMM 2012 Architecture
Understanding each component for a real-world implementation
Planning for High Availability
Designing the VMM server, database, and console implementation
Specifying the correct system requirements for a real-world scenario
Licensing the System Center
Troubleshooting VMM and supporting technologies
Chapter 2: Upgrading from Previous Versions
Reviewing the upgrade options
Checking the VMM system requirements and preparing for the upgrade
Upgrading to VMM 2012 R2
Reassociating hosts after upgrading
Updating the VMM agents
Performing other post-upgrade tasks
Chapter 3: Installing VMM 2012 R2
Creating service accounts
Deploying a Microsoft SQL Server for a VMM implementation
Installing VMM dependencies
Configuring Distributed Key Management
Installing a VMM management server
Installing the VMM console
Connecting to a VMM management server using the VMM console
Creating credentials for a Run As account in VMM
Configuring ports and protocols on the host firewall for each VMM component
Chapter 4: Installing a High Available VMM Server
Installing a highly available VMM management server
Installing a VMM management server on the additional node of a cluster
Connecting to a highly available VMM management server using the VMM console
Deploying a highly available library server on a file server cluster
Uninstalling a highly available VMM management server
Chapter 5: Configuring Fabric Resources in VMM
Creating host groups
Setting up a VMM library
Configuring networks in VMM
Networking – configuring logical networks
Networking – configuring VM networks and gateways
Networking – configuring logical switches, port profiles, and port classifications
Integrating and configuring the storage
Creating a physical computer profile (host profile)
Provisioning a physical computer as a Hyper-V host – Bare Metal host deployment
Adding and managing Hyper-V hosts and host clusters
Chapter 6: Deploying Virtual Machines and Services
Creating private clouds
Creating hardware, guest OSes, applications, and SQL profiles
Creating user roles in VMM
Creating and deploying virtual machines
Creating virtual machine templates
Creating and deploying service templates
Rapidly provisioning a virtual machine using SAN Copy
Chapter 7: Managing VMware ESXi and Citrix XenServer Hosts
Adding VMware vCenter Server to VMM
Adding VMware ESX hosts or host clusters to VMM
Configuring network settings on a VMware ESX host
Configuring host BMC settings
Importing VMware templates
Converting VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V
Managing Citrix XenServer hosts and pools
Converting Citrix virtual machines to Hyper-V
Chapter 8: Managing Hybrid Clouds, Fabric Updates, Resources, Clusters, and the New Features of R2
Creating Hyper-V clusters
Managing fabric updates
Configuring Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization
Live migrating virtual machines
Managing Linux virtual machines
Configuring availability options and virtual NUMA for VMs
Configuring resource throttling
Integrating with the IPAM server for IP management
Deploying SC App Controller 2012 R2 for hybrid cloud management
Configuring Synthetic Fibre Channel
Chapter 9: Integration with System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2
Installing System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2
Installing management packs
Managing Discovery and Agents
Configuring the integration between Operations Manager 2012 and VMM 2012
Enabling reporting in VMM
Extending monitoring with management packs
Chapter 10: Scripting in Virtual Machine Manager
Introducing VMM PowerShell
Finding the command to automate tasks in VMM
Creating a script from VMM wizards
Storing and running scripts in VMM
Using VMM sample scripts

What You Will Learn

  • Plan and design a VMM architecture for real-world deployment
  • Configure network virtualization, gateway integration, storage integration, resource throttling, and availability options
  • Integrate SC Operations Manager (SCOM) with VMM to monitor your infrastructure
  • Integrate SC APP Controller (SCAC) with VMM to manage private and public clouds (Azure)
  • Deploy clusters with VMM Bare Metal
  • Create and deploy virtual machines from templates
  • Deploy a highly available VMM Management server
  • Manage Hyper-V, VMware, and Citrix® from VMM
  • Upgrade from previous VMM versions

In Detail

Microsoft System Center 2012 is a comprehensive IT infrastructure, virtualization, and cloud management platform. With System Center 2012, you can easily and efficiently deploy, manage, and monitor a virtualized infrastructure, as well as services and applications across multiple hypervisors. This can also be done across public and private cloud infrastructures to deliver flexible and cost-effective IT services for your business.

This book will take you through a series of recipes to streamline your System Center VMM architecture. Each section has been discreetly designed to help you simplify, plan, and deploy a highly scalable, high availability virtual infrastructure. The first few sections take you through the design and installation of System Center 2012 R2 VMM and Windows 2012 Hyper-V R2 features. Network virtualization, storage integration, and bare metal deployment are also covered in this book.


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