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System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012. What’s new in the RC version?

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Microsoft is about to launch the SCVMM 2012 for those who tried the beta version and as myself enjoyed, we will now be able to try also the Release Candidate version.

To download : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/gg678609

My recommendation to managege for up to 150hosts:
2 Processor, Dual-Core, 4GB Ram ( minumum ), 40 GB free space. Remember SCVMM 2012 requires Standard,Entrepise or Datacenter version of SQL Server ( you CAN’T use SQL express anymore ) and you must use a case-insensitive instance of SQL Server

As with the previous release there are a number of improved features for you to take advantage of.  With this release you will be able to do:

  • Setup Upgrade
    • *New in RC -Upgrade- Setup will support the following upgrade paths
      • VMM 2008 R2 SP1 > VMM for System Center 2012 RC > VMM for System Center 2012 RTM
      • VMM for System Center 2012 RC > VMM for System Center 2012 RTM
  • Fabric Management
    • Hyper-V and Cluster Lifecycle Management – Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server, create Hyper-V clusters, orchestrate patching of a Hyper-V Cluster
      • *New in RC:
        • ISO or CD-based OSD for environments with DHCP without WDS
        • OSD will now convert dynamic to fixed type of VHD destination
        • All network adapters on host can be configured during provisioning
      • *New in RC:
        • Ability to bypass cluster validation during cluster creation
        • Run cluster validation reports on-demand
        • New cluster status tab to view an aggregated status, plus the cluster validation report
        • Ability to see current CSV owner in the properties of the cluster
    • Third Party Virtualization Platforms – Add and Manage Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX Hosts and Clusters
    • Network Management – Manage IP Address Pools, MAC Address Pools and Load Balancers
      • *New in RC:
        • Simplification of the logical networks in the Fabric workspace
        • Ability to see IP addresses that are in use from a IP pool
        • Added support for Microsoft Network Load Balancer
        • Gateway and DNS are no longer mandatory fields for logical networks
        • Load balancer can now support affinity to logical networks
    • Storage Management – Classify Storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs
      • *New in RC
        • Create persistent sessions to iSCSI array and logon initiator to array
        • Better scalability of storage operations – LUN create, snapshot, clone, masking, and unmasking
        • Option to create storage groups per cluster (BETA only supported creation of storage group per node in a cluster)
        • Enablement of MPIO feature when provisioning a new Hyper-V server
        • Automatic MPIO device claim
        • Support for arrays that implement OnePortPerView
    • Update Management- Keep your SCVMM Fabric Servers (SCVMM roles, hosts, and clusters) up-to-date with patches.
      • *New in RC:
        • Share a WSUS root server between System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2/ System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta
        • Hyper-V Cluster Orchestration- Nodes put into VMM Maintenance Mode can be set to trigger Maintenance Mode in Operations Manager.
  • Resource Optimization
    • Dynamic Optimization – proactively balance the load of VMs across a cluster
    • Power Optimization – schedule power savings to use the right number of hosts to run your workloads – power the rest off until they are needed.
      • *New in RC:       
        • Set Operations Manager Mode for powered down hosts
    • PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors.
      • *New in RC:
        • Support added for System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta
        • VMM will ship two sample PRO Packs: Cluster scale out and Service scale out MPs
  • Cloud Management
    • Abstract server, network and storage resources into private clouds
    • Delegate access to private clouds with control of capacity, capabilities and user quotas
    • Enable self-service usage for application administrator to author, deploy, manage and decommission applications in the private cloud
  • Service Lifecycle Management
    • Define service templates to create sets of connected virtual machines, OS images and application packages
      • *New in RC:
        • Service Designer and Specialization UI enhancements
        • Added ability to use Service Template Patterns
    • Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment
      • *New in RC:
        • IP-based provisioning
        • New application instance view
    • Scale out the number of virtual machines in a service
    • Service performance and health monitoring integrated with  System Center Operations Manager
    • Decouple OS image and application updates through image-based servicing
      • *New in RC:
        • Streamlined ability to enable OS VHD updates to a Service Template
        • Publish updated Service Templates in order to update Service Instances
    • Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V

I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed!

Post comments about your SCVMM 2012 experience!

  1. September 17, 2011 at 07:09

    Hi, Wang to ask, if you are using the RC Version in a production Environment, i want to use it so, but i am Not sure, and Yes i Know what Microsoft is saying about that. 😉

    • September 17, 2011 at 07:44

      Hi Michael

      Yes, as I’m participating in the TAP program, I am running the SCVMM 2012 RC version in production environment as it is supported by MS and has RTM quality.

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