Hi everyone,

This topic is about the evolution of Virtual Machine Manager.

First we used the Microsoft Hyper-V release 1 manager in our datacenter with each virtualmachine it's own LUN’s (fiberdisk)

In this picture below is a service roll in Windows 2008 Enterprise Server.



The first Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager 2008 which was separated from the Operating System looks like this :



New Hyper-V architecture was released with Windows Server 2008 R2 which supports shared volumes between nodes. Microsoft called a shared volume, a Clustered Shared Volume (CSV). This volume can be used by all nodes at the same time. All virtual machines located in this LUN can be started on any of the hosts. When one node goes oflline, the virtual machine will get started on another available nodes. With the available technology, Microsoft also introduced Live Migration (like vMotion) to other available nodes. It also saved a lot of disk space.



Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Service Pack1 made the difference with the support for Dynamic Memory and Remote FX.




The Self Service Portal of Virtual Machine Manager was extremely handy for delegation of controle:

Download Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0

When you look at the history of Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager the topology looks like this today :



Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 can manage a mixed virtual environment like:



VMWare ESX Servers and Cluster Support.

Citrix Xen Servers and Cluster support.

Microsoft is making a big jump this year with great features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 with Cloud technology.

The Microsoft Virtualization developer team has worked really hard and have listened to IT professionals and Customers.



Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager must be High Available to manage the virtual environment on-premises and in the Windows Azure Cloud, and with this we have a hybrid virtual managed environment.

This Virtual environment has been divided in areas in virtual Machine Manager 2012 :



1. Infrastructure enhancements

Highly Available VMM server. As SCVMM is at the core of  infrastructure management for virtual environments it is really important for this infrastructure to be highly available in todays big datacenters.

2. Fabric Management

SCVMM 2012 can now manage even more hypervisors: Hyper-V, VMWare and XEN. Also it can integrate with remote management such as iLO and SMASH. One interesting thing here is that it also has the ability to do bare metal provisioning. This means that when using SCVMM 2012 you can provision the Hyper-V hypervisor even on bare metal computers without much manual labor. Cluster creation with storage provisioning is also one of the interesting new features. Regarding the network management enhancements, SCVMM 2012 can now integrate with load balancers. Besides that now you can also assign IP- and MACaddresses from pools. Dynamic Optimization and new Power Management features are also important updates.

And now for the two most expected features of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012:

3. Cloud Management or Simple Cloud Creation.

SCVMM can now abstract server, network and storage resources into private clouds, delegate access to private clouds with control of capacity, capabilities and user quotas. Also now it is rather easy to enable self-service usage for application administrator to author, deploy, manage and decommission applications in the private cloud.

4. Service Management

With SCVMM you can now define service templates to create sets of connected virtual machines, os images and application packages. For example you can create service template for a three tier application which consists of a frontend, middletier and a backend. During service deployment operating images and applications can be composed. And of course if you need your virtual machines in a service to scale out, no problem, SCVMM 2012 makes this possible. The final and maybe most important feature in service management is ability to leverage great and powerfull technologies like Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V). Server App-V behaves in the same manner as client App-V, so they are dynamic, “decoupled from OS” and easy to manage.

There are of course much, much more enhancements in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012. Check them out on technet and start your yourney to the cloud.

And at last Microsoft project System Center Codename “Concero” preview is more then great easy to manage Virtual Machine Manager in the Cloud.


Microsoft productcode "Concero" is renamed to System Center App Controller :

Here you can see a video about System Center App Controler with Adam Hall :


Microsoft Windows "8" Beta and System Center 2012 SP1 CTP Virtual Machine Manager :


Windows 8 user interface.

Login screen System Center 2012 VMM.

System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager :

With Tenants Users and Clouds you can Manage Self Service Users and delegated Admins.

Fabric options in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM.

For More Information about Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager networking you can find here on the TechNet Blog

System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager Library options.

System Center 2012 SP1 AppController : 

Here you have Private, Public and hosted Cloud Services hybrid in one Console for self service Users and delegated Admins.

System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Server 2012 is the basis for Service Provider Foundation with the Service Management Portal.

More information about the Service Management Portal for Hybrid Cloud Solutions you can find here :

Installing and configuring System Center Service Provider Foundation on blog Hyper-v.nu

Installing and configuring Service Management Portal and API – Part 1 on Blog Hyper-v.nu

Microsoft Windows Azure Services on Windows Server (WASWS) samples for Service Providers on Blog Mountainss.wordpress.com

Microsoft for hosting Providers website

18 October 2013

The Cloud OS Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 are released for General Available !

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is becoming more important then ever before for Cloud Computing.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the Fabric of Virtual Machine Manager.

A great whitepaper by my fellow MVPs about Hybrid Cloud

More possibilities with the Library of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager.

You can choose between Generation 1 or 2 Virtual Machines.

Boot from SCSI Disk in Gen 2 VM.

More information about Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine is in this whitepaper

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager evolution is better then ever before, and almost every choice of the customer is possible with Microsoft virtualization technology on-premises and/or in the Cloud with Windows Azure.

My compliments to the System Center team !

Kind Regards,

James van den Berg