Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Install
In this tutorial I will walk you through how to setup the SCVMM database, install pre-requisites and install System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Pre-Requisites
Before installing System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager there are some pre-requisites that need to be installed prior to beginning the main installation
System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Database Install
1. Open up SQL Management Studio and expand Databases.
2. Right Click on Databases and Create a new Database. I have used the name SCVMM for my System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Database.
3. Click on options and as I don’t need point in time restores I will select the Recovery Model as simple. However select the Recovery Model that is right for you.
4. The SCVMM database is now created.
5. Expand the Security Folder and either create a new user or go into the properties of an existing user, in this example I’m using the domain administrator account however it is best to use a specific account per database I find for admin and security purposes. Double click the user and select User Mapping. Click the new SCVMM database and in the bottom window pane select db_owner. Click Ok.
System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Installation
6. Launch the System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager DVD
7. Select both VMM management server and VMM console. As you can see from this installation you can simply install the VMM console onto your laptop or management station seperately.
8. Type a Name, Organisation and enter in your Product Key. If you leave it blank you will run SCVMM as evaluation mode.
9. Click the I have read, understood and agree with the terms of the license agreement and click Next.
10. You have the option to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program by select yes or no. Click Next.
11. It is recommended to turn Microsoft Update on. Click Next.
12. Select the installation directory you wish to install System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager into.
13. If you have not installed the pre-requisites listed at the beginning of the tutorial you will get this error message that the installation cannot continue. Download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1 and run the installation. You do not need to close the SCVMM installation window. Once installed you can simply click on the Check prerequisites again button.
14. During the installation of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1 you only need to select Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE).
15. Back to the SCVMM installation. Once all prerequisites are installed you can continue with the installation. Here we have our connection into our SQL database. My SQL server name is VMSQL1, the account that has access to the SCVMM database I created is vmadministrator, the instance is the default instance MSSQLSERVER and the database name is SCVMM. Once you have all your information entered click Next.
16. I have created a service account previously for SCVMM. This account is VMLABscvmmsrv. I will select the option to store my encryption keys for Distributed Key Management in Active Directory instead of on the host. Click Next.
17. Next is a list of ports that will be used. As in all my tutorials I create a copy of these ports and leave them on the desktop of the server within wordpad.
18. I will select to create a new library share on the local disk.
19. An installation summary is presented. Check you have all your settings correct and Click Install.
20. Installation is has now completed successfully. It is recommended to check for any Windows Updates that need to be applied as soon as the installation is finished.
21. Let’s log into our Virtual Machine Manager. I’m launching the client from the SCVMM server itself, and I’m already logged in with VMLABadministrator so i’ll click on connect.
System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Adding Hyper-V Hosts
22. Right click on All Hosts and select Add Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters
23. My current Hyper-V host is a member of my Active Directory Domain VMLAB so I will select the first option, Windows Server computers in a trusted Active Directory domain.
24. Enter an admin account that has permissions to install the System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager agent onto your Hyper-V host.
25. I will specify my Windows Hyper-V server manually by typing the name in the Computer Names field.
26. The Hyper-V Server is found, I will make sure I select this by ticking the box and click Next.
27. Select which folder you wish to place the host. As we have not created any folders at this stage we will place the Hyper-V host in All Hosts.
28. A summary is show in this window. Check your settings and click Finish.
29. This is the powershell command to add a host.
30. The host is added successfully. The warning message indicates that you should install Multipath I/O on the Hyper-V host for use with storage. This is simply done by installing the Mutipath I/O feature within Windows 2012 R2 server.
31. After the Hyper-V host has been added you can see some Summary and Performance information on the right hand side.
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