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System Requirements: Installing VMM on a Single Computer

Updated: April 1, 2012

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

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This topic describes the minimum and recommended hardware and software requirements for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 or VMM 2008 R2 when installing all VMM components on a single computer. Actual requirements vary based on your system configuration and the number of hosts and virtual machines that you manage.

This scenario is recommended only if you are managing a small number of hosts. For better performance when you are managing a large number of hosts, it is recommended that you distribute workloads by installing individual VMM components on dedicated computers.

Hardware Requirements

The minimum and recommended hardware requirements to install and operate all VMM components on a single computer are listed in the following tables based on the number of hosts that you manage.

From 5 to 10 hosts

 

Hardware component Minimum Recommended

Processor

Pentium 4, 2 GHz (x64)

Dual-Core Pentium 4, 2 GHz (x64) or greater

RAM

2 GB

2 GB

Hard disk space

10 GB

40 GB

From 11 to 20 hosts

 

Hardware component Minimum Recommended

Processor

Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz (x64)

Dual-Core Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz (x64) or greater

RAM

2 GB

4 GB

Hard disk space

10 GB

50 GB

noteNote
If this computer will also serve as a virtual machine host, it must have hardware-assisted virtualization support, and the hardware-assisted virtualization support must be enabled in the BIOS to run the Hyper-V server role in Windows Server 2008.

Software Requirements

The following software must be installed prior to installing all VMM components on a single computer.

 

Software requirement Notes

A supported operating system

For more information, see Supported Operating Systems for VMM Components.

Windows PowerShell 1.0 or 2.0

Windows PowerShell 1.0 is included in Windows Server 2008. If this feature has been removed in Windows Server 2008, the Setup Wizard automatically adds it.

Windows PowerShell 2.0 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows Remote Management (WinRM) 1.1 or 2.0

WinRM 1.1 is included in Windows Server 2008, and by default, the WinRM service is set to start automatically.

WinRM 2.0 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2, and by default, the WinRM service is set to start automatically (delayed start).

  • If the WinRM service is disabled or set to start manually and the service is stopped, Setup will display a warning during the prerequisites check.

  • If the WinRM service is set to start automatically but is stopped, the Setup Wizard automatically starts the service.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 or 3.0 SP1

.NET Framework 3.0 is included in Windows Server 2008. If this software has been removed, the VMM 2008 Setup Wizard automatically adds it.

.NET Framework 3.0 SP1 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2. If this software has been removed, the VMM 2008 Setup Wizard automatically adds it.

Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) 1.1

If this software has not been installed previously, the Setup Wizard automatically installs it.

Windows Server Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 or 7.5

You must add the Web Server (IIS) role and then install the following server role services:

  • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility

  • IIS 6 WMI Compatibility

  • Static Content

  • Default Document

  • Directory Browsing

  • HTTP Errors

  • ASP.NET

  • .NET Extensibility

  • ISAPI Extensions

  • ISAPI Filters

  • Request Filtering

A supported version of Microsoft SQL Server

For more information about supported versions of SQL Server, see System Requirements: VMM Database.

See Also

 
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