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Virtualizing Your Server Environment in Essentials

Updated: May 3, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

Virtualization Management has been introduced in System Center Essentials 2010 to help small and mid-sized businesses maximize their technology resources. A virtual machine emulates a complete hardware system from processor to network adapter, in a self-contained, isolated software environment, enabling the simultaneous operation of otherwise incompatible operating systems. Using Essentials 2010 to virtualize your environment can help maximize limited IT resources by consolidating underutilized physical servers and more rapidly provisioning new virtual machines, which you can use as application servers or for other tasks. This section provides information and step-by-step instructions that you can use to introduce Virtualization Management in your IT environment.

In This Section

About Virtualization Management in Essentials
Provides information about Virtualization Management in Essentials 2010 and basic information about how to get started.

How to Designate a Host for Virtualization Management in Essentials
Describes how to designate a host server for virtual machines.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine from a Template in Essentials
Describes how to create a new virtual machine by using a template.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine from a Server in Essentials
Describes how to convert a physical computer to a virtual machine.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine from a Virtual Disk in Essentials
Describes how to create a new virtual machine from a virtual disk.

How to Configure a Virtual Machine for Management in Essentials
Describes how to install an operating system, virtual guest services, and agent on a virtual machine so it can be managed by Essentials 2010.

How to Connect to a Virtual Machine in Essentials
Describes how to connect to a virtual machine.

How to View or Change Virtual Machine Properties in Essentials
Describes how to configure virtual machine properties such as disk space, memory, CD/DVD drive, and network properties.

How to Change the Virtual Machine State in Essentials
Describes how to start, stop, or pause virtual machines.

How to Migrate Virtual Machines to New Host Servers in Essentials
Describes how to move virtual machines from one host server to another.

How to Manage Virtual Machine Templates in Essentials
Describes how to work with virtual machine templates.

How to Manage Virtual Machine Snapshots in Essentials
Describes how to work with virtual machine snapshots.

How to Delete a Virtual Machine in Essentials
Describes how to delete virtual machines.

How to Remove a Host Server in Essentials
Describes how to remove a host server after virtual machines have been migrated to a new host server.

How to Disable or Enable a Host for Placement
Describes how to change the placement status of a host for virtual machines.

How to Configure Performance and Resource Optimization Tips
Describes how to filter Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) tips based on severity and provides Windows PowerShell scripts for configuring automatic or manual implementation.

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