Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How to build a System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 lab - part 9

In this post we will install the actual System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 application. In the previous post you set up a new virtual machine named LAB2013VMM01 for hosting this application. Here you have to mount the SCVMM iso image and run setup.exe:


Click on install. By default none of the options are selected. However you can’t install the management server without installing the console, so when you check the first box, the second one will come along.


Enter your registration key:


Accepts the licence agreement:


Choose whether you want to take part in the CEIP (I suggest so, since this give important information to Microsoft aimed at improving the software):


Set Microsoft Update On (... or Off, if you are in a lab like me, since it’s no use):


Choose the folder where you want to install SCVMM into:


Now the install checks that all the prerequisites are met. If you get an alert telling you to you need at least 4GB of RAM, just modify the VM settings to conform, and VMWare Workstation will do that for you instantly, since it supports hot-add of memory. Hardcore.
Time to configure the connection to the MSSLQ DB:


Now configure SCVMM to use the service account (SCVMMsvc) you setup using Powershell in the previous post and enter the DN of the container for the keys: CN=SCVMMDKM,CN=System,DC=lab2013,DC=local


Review the port configuration (the note of the ports, you could need this if your network is internally firewalled):


Review the library configuration:


Save the installation summary to a text file for future reference:

Features selected to be added
 - VMM management server
 - VMM console
Installation Location
 - C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Virtual Machine Manager\
Database Information
 - VirtualManagerDB database will be created on LAB2013SQL01
Service Account
 - LAB2013\SCVMMsvc
Communication Ports
 - 8100 - Communication with the VMM console
 - 5985 - Communication to agents on hosts and library servers
 - 443 - File transfers to agents on hosts and library servers
 - 8102 - Communication with Windows Deployment Services
 - 8101 - Communication with Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) agents
 - 8103 - Communication with Windows PE agent for time synchronization
Library Share Name and Location
 - MSSCVMMLibrary
 - C:\ProgramData\Virtual Machine Manager Library Files
Using Microsoft Update
 - No

Wait for the installation to complete:



It was long but there you are with a full grown SCVMM lab! Just connect to it and get accustomed to the interface:



In a future post I will explain how to configure networking on these Hyper-V servers (we will setup additional NICs for Management traffic), how to integrate them into SCVMM, how to setup a Cluster and how to setup your first VM, so stay tuned!

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