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Installing the VMM Self-Service Portal

Updated: August 14, 2009

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

For System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 or VMM 2008 R2, the VMM Self-Service Portal is an optional, Web-based component that enables users to create and manage their own virtual machines within a controlled environment. Before installing the VMM Self-Service Portal, ensure that the computer meets minimum hardware requirements and that all prerequisite software is installed. For more information about hardware and software requirements, see System Requirements: VMM Self-Service Portal.

ImportantImportant
The installation of the VMM Self-Service Portal on a domain controller is not supported.

noteNote
For better performance, it is recommended that you install the VMM Self-Service Portal on a separate computer from the VMM server.

Use the following procedure to install the VMM Self-Service Portal. To perform this procedure, you must have administrator privileges for the computer.

To install the VMM Self-Service Portal

  1. On the product media or network share, right-click setup.exe, and then click Run as administrator.

    ImportantImportant
    If you set up a network share to install VMM components, you should apply the appropriate security to the share to ensure that unauthorized or unauthenticated users cannot access or alter the contents of the share.

  2. On the Setup menu, click VMM Self-Service Portal.

  3. On the Microsoft Update page, indicate whether or not you want to use Microsoft Update.

    noteNote
    If you have previously chosen to use Microsoft Update on this computer, the Microsoft Update page does not appear.

  4. On the Prerequisites Check page, review any alerts or warnings about hardware that does not meet the minimum or recommended requirements, or missing software prerequisites. You can continue the installation if you receive warnings, but you must resolve all alerts before you can proceed with the installation. For more information, see System Requirements: VMM Self-Service Portal.

  5. On the Installation Location page, type an installation path for the program files or click Next to use the default path.

  6. On the Web Server Settings page, do the following:

    1. In the Virtual Machine Manager server area, specify the name of the VMM server you want the VMM Self-Service Portal to connect to, and the port that you want the VMM Self-Service Portal to use, to communicate with the VMM server.

    2. In the Web server area, specify the port that you want self-service users to use to connect to the Self-Service Portal.

      noteNote
      If the default port (80) for the VMM Self-Service Portal is being used by another Web site, you must either use a different dedicated port or specify a host header for the portal. For more information about host headers, see Hardening VMM Self-Service Web Servers (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=123617).

  7. On the Summary of Settings page, review your settings and do one of the following:

    • Click Previous to change any settings.

    • Click Install to install the VMM Self-Service Portal.

  8. On the Installation page, do one of the following:

    • To close the wizard and automatically check for the latest VMM updates, click Close.

    • To close the wizard without checking for the latest updates, clear the Check for the latest Virtual Machine Manager updates check box, and then click Close.

ImportantImportant
After you close the wizard, the installation of the VMM Self-Service Portal is complete. However, there are additional steps that you should take to make connections to the portal more secure. For more information, see Hardening VMM Self-Service Web Servers (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=123617).

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