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System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 Supported Configurations

Updated: July 10, 2011

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Self-Service Portal 2.0

The Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 (also referred to as VMMSSP or the self-service portal) is a fully supported, partner-extensible solution built on Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ technology and Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). You can use the self-service portal to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform inside your datacenter.

This overview lists the components of the self-service portal, the supported deployment topologies, and the supported migration paths (including software and hardware prerequisites).

Self-Service Portal Components

The self-service portal consists of three components:

  • VMMSSP website component. A web-based component that provides a user interface to the self-service portal.

  • VMMSSP database component. A SQL Server® database that stores information about configured assets and other information related to tasks performed in the portal.

  • VMMSSP server component. A Windows® service that runs default and customized virtual machine actions that the user requests through the VMMSSP website.

Deployment Topology

The components of the self-service portal can be installed on a single machine or using a three-machine deployment scenario. In the latter scenario, you can install each self-service portal component on a separate computer.

Supported Upgrade and Migration Paths

You can upgrade the VMMSSP database component from VMMSSP 2.0 to VMMSSP 2.0 SP1, and migrate the database contents. However, there is no direct upgrade path for the VMMSSP server component and VMMSSP website component. For these two components, you must uninstall the VMMSSP 2.0 versions and install the VMMSSP 2.0 SP1 versions. For more information, see “Upgrading from Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 to Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1” in the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1: Deployment Guide.

System Requirements

The following sections list the hardware and software requirements for the two deployment scenarios: the single-machine deployment scenario and the three-machine deployment scenario.

Environmental Prerequisites

Before you install the self-service portal components, make sure that the computers you intend to use for the self-service portal components belong to an Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS) domain. You must also ensure that you have installed Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 to manage virtual machines in your environment.

Single-Machine Deployment Scenario

For hardware requirements for the single-machine deployment scenario, see Table 1. For software requirements, see Table 2.

Table 1. Required Hardware for a Single–Machine Deployment Scenario

 

Hardware Component

Minimum

Recommended

RAM

2 GB

4 GB

Available hard disk space

50 GB

50 GB

Table 2. Required Software for a Single-Machine Deployment Scenario

 

Software

Comments

Operating system: Windows Server® 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition are supported.

Windows Server Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0

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

  • Static Content

  • Default Document

  • ASP.NET

  • .NET Extensibility

  • ISAPI Extensions

  • ISAPI Filters

  • Request Filtering

  • Windows Authentication

  • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility

Turn off Anonymous authentication. For more information, see Configure Windows Authentication in the IIS documentation.

Use IIS v6.0 compatibility mode.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Use the Server Manager Add Features wizard to add the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 features.

Windows PowerShell® 2.0

ImportantImportant
If your extensibility scripts require specific Windows PowerShell snap-ins, install them when you install the VMMSSP server component. For information about extending the self-service portal with scripts, see the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1: Extensibility Guide.

Message Queuing (also known as MSMQ)

Use the Server Manager Add Features wizard to add Message Queuing.

For more information, see What is Message Queuing? in the Windows Server 2008 R2 online documentation.

VMM 2008 R2 Administrator Console

For more information about installing the VMM 2008 R2 Administrator Console, see the Virtual Machine Manager Deployment Guide.

SQL Server 2008

You can use any of the following editions of SQL Server:

  1. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise (64-bit).

  2. SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise (64-bit).

  3. SQL Server 2008 Standard (64-bit).

  4. SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard (64-bit).

  5. SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter (64-bit).

Three-Machine Deployment Scenario

This section lists the hardware and software requirements for each computer in a three-machine deployment scenario:

  • Tables 3 and 4 list the requirements for the computer running the VMMSSP website component.

  • Tables 5 and 6 list the requirements for the computer running the VMMSSP server component.

  • Tables 7 and 8 list the requirements for the computer running the VMMSSP database component.

Table 3. Required Hardware for the VMMSSP Website Component

 

Hardware Component

Minimum

Recommended

RAM

2 GB

4 GB

Available hard disk space

50 MB

2 GB

Table 4. Required Software for the VMMSSP Website Component

 

Software

Comments

Operating system: Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition are supported.

Windows Server Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0

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

  • Static Content

  • Default Document

  • ASP.NET

  • .NET Extensibility

  • ISAPI Extensions

  • ISAPI Filters

  • Request Filtering

  • Windows Authentication

  • IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility

Turn off Anonymous authentication. For more information, see Configure Windows Authentication in the IIS documentation.

Use IIS v6.0 compatibility mode.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Use the Server Manager Add Features wizard to add the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 features.

Table 5. Required Hardware for the VMMSSP Server Component

 

Hardware Component

Minimum

Recommended

RAM

2 GB

4 GB

Available hard disk space

50 MB

2 GB

Table 6. Required Software for the VMMSSP Server Component

 

Software

Comments

Operating system: Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition are supported.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Use the Server Manager Add Features wizard to add the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 features.

Windows PowerShell 2.0

ImportantImportant
If your extensibility scripts require specific Windows PowerShell snap-ins, install the snap-ins with the server component. For information about extending the self-service portal with scripts, see the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1: Extensibility Guide.

Message Queuing (also known as MSMQ)

Use the Server Manager Add Features wizard to add Message Queuing.

For more information, see What is Message Queuing? in the Windows Server 2008 R2 online documentation.

VMM 2008 R2 Administrator Console

Install the VMMSSP server component on a computer that already has the VMM Administrator Console installed. For more information about installing the VMM 2008 R2 Administrator Console, see the Virtual Machine Manager Deployment Guide.

Table 7. Required Hardware for the VMMSSP Database Component

 

Hardware Component

Minimum

Recommended

RAM

2 GB

4 GB

Available hard disk space

50 GB

50 GB

Table 8. Required Software for the VMMSSP Database Component

 

Software

Comments

Operating system: Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition are supported.

SQL Server 2008

You can use any of the following editions of SQL Server:

  1. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise (64-bit).

  2. SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise (64-bit).

  3. SQL Server 2008 Standard (64-bit).

  4. SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard (64-bit).

  5. SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter (64-bit).

Active Directory Domain Requirements

Install the VMMSSP components in a Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain.

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