The VMMSSP Dashboard integrates with an already functioning deployment of the self-service portal and has no additional infrastructure requirements.
It is assumed that the self-service portal and the VMMSSP database are configured in accordance with Microsoft installation guidance.
The following table lists the software requirements for the VMMSSP Dashboard.
VMMSSP Dashboard Software Requirements
· Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal
· Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2
Note Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 is supported as an alternative to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.
· Microsoft SQL Server® 2008
· Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
· Microsoft Internet Explorer® 7.0 /8.0
In order to install the VMMSSP Dashboard, a user needs to be a member of the following security groups:
· On the computer where you are installing the Dashboard: local Administrators group (in highly-secured environments, the user may need to be a member of the domain Administrators group).
· Group with administrative permissions to the VMMSSP database.
· Group with administrative permissions to the Windows SharePoint Services server farm.
The VMMSSP Dashboard is designed to work with an existing self-service portal installation. The Dashboard queries the VMMSSP database and uses the resulting data set to present key infrastructure, resource, virtual machine, and charge-back metrics in a graphical format.
The VMMSSP Dashboard uses SharePoint Web Parts to manage and display data sets:
· Microsoft Dashboard Configuration Web Part. Use this Web Part to create and modify the SQL queries that produce the data sets and the other properties that govern how the Dashboard displays the data sets.
· Microsoft Dashboard Viewer Web Part. Use this Web Part to display the data sets. A Dashboard Viewer Web Part displays one data set at a time. The VMMSSP Dashboard can contain multiple copies of the Dashboard Viewer Web Part at once, each copy displaying a different data set. Be aware that as you add more copies of the Web Part to the site, and as you increase the amount of data displayed, the performance of the site may degrade.
The following figure shows how users can interact with the Web Parts to retrieve and display data.
The self-service portal provides the following features that are exposed through a web-based user interface:
- Configuration and allocation of datacenter resources: Store management and configuration information related to compute, network and storage resources as assets in the VMMSSP database.
- Customization of virtual machine actions: Provide a simple web-based interface to extend the default virtual machine actions; for example, you can add scripts that interact with Storage Area Networks for rapid deployment of virtual machines.
- Business unit on-boarding: Standardized forms and a simple workflow for registering and approving or rejecting business units to enroll in the portal.
- Infrastructure request and change management: Standardized forms and human-driven workflow that results in reducing the time needed to provision infrastructures in your environment.
- Self-Service provisioning: Supports bulk creation of virtual machines on provisioned infrastructure through the web-based interface.Helps business units to manage their virtual machines based on delegated roles.
The Hyper-V Security Guide provides prescriptive guidance for hardening the Hyper-V role, including several best practices for installing and configuring Hyper-V with a focus on security. These best practices include measures for reducing the attack surface of Hyper-V as well as recommendations for properly configuring secure virtual networks and storage devices.
It also provides :
- Methods for delegating virtual machine management so that virtual machine administrators only have the minimum permissions they require. It describes common delegation scenarios, and includes detailed steps to guide you through using Authorization Manager (AzMan) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM 2008) to separate virtual machine administrators from virtualization host administrators.
- Prescriptive guidance for securing virtual machine resources. It includes best practices and detailed steps for protecting virtual machines by using a combination of file system permissions, encryption, and auditing.
Download of the Hyper-V Security Guide.
You must have the Hyper-V role enabled on the DPM 2010 server to perform item-level recoveries. During item-level recovery, DPM has to mount the VHDs of the protected virtual machines.
DPM 2010 supports item-level recovery (ILR), which allows you to do granular recovery of files, folders, volumes, and virtual hard disks (VHDs) from a host-level backup of Hyper-V virtual machines to a network share or a volume on a DPM protected server.