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System Requirements: VMM Management Server

Updated: February 12, 2014

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager

Hardware requirements

The following tables list the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for the System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) management server, based on the number of hosts that you manage.

Managing up to 150 hosts

 

Hardware component Minimum Recommended

Processor

Pentium 4, 2 gigahertz (GHz) (x64)

Dual-processor, dual-core, 2.8 GHz (x64) or greater

RAM

4 gigabytes (GB)

4 GB

Hard disk space, without a local VMM database

2 GB

40 GB

Hard disk space, with a local, full version of Microsoft SQL Server

80 GB

150 GB

noteNote
If you use the VMM management server as a library server, you must provide additional hard disk space to store objects. For more information about the requirements for a VMM library server, see System Requirements: VMM Library Server.

Managing more than 150 hosts

 

Hardware component Minimum Recommended

Processor

Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz (x64)

Dual-processor, dual-core, 3.6 GHz or greater (x64)

RAM

4 GB

8 GB

Hard disk space

10 GB

50 GB

noteNote
For better performance when you manage more than 150 hosts, we recommend that you use a dedicated computer for the VMM management server and do the following:

  • Add one or more remote computers as library servers, and do not use the default library share on the VMM management server.

  • Use a version of SQL Server that is installed on a different computer for the VMM database.

Software requirements

Before you install the VMM management server, you must install the following software.

 

Software Notes

A supported operating system

For more information, see Supported operating systems in this topic.

Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service

noteNote
If the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service is not started, the setup process will display an error during the prerequisites check. You must start the service before setup can continue.

  • WinRM 2.0 is included in the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. By default, the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service is set to start automatically (delayed start).

  • WinRM 3.0 is included in Windows Server 2012 and in Windows Server 2012 R2. By default, the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service is set to start automatically.

Microsoft .NET Framework:

  • For System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

  • For VMM in System Center 2012 SP1: Microsoft .NET Framework 4 or Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

  • For VMM in System Center 2012 R2: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 or Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1

To obtain the Microsoft .NET Framework:

  • On a computer that runs Windows Server 2008 R2, if Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1 is not installed (it is not installed by default), the VMM setup wizard will install it.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4 is included in Windows Server 2012.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is included in Windows Server 2012 R2 and is available from Setup.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 is included in the Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 development system.

Windows deployment and installation kit:

  • For System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager: Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) for Windows 7

  • For VMM in System Center 2012 SP1: Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8

  • For VMM in System Center 2012 R2: Windows ADK for Windows Server 2012 R2, on either supported operating system

To obtain a Windows deployment and installation kit:

  • Windows AIK is available in the Microsoft Download Center. To install Windows AIK, you can download the ISO file, write the ISO file to a DVD by using a non-Microsoft tool, and then install Windows AIK from the DVD.

  • Windows ADK is available in the Microsoft Download Center.

  • A link to Windows ADK for Windows Server 2012 R2 is available from Setup. Or, you can download it from the Microsoft Download Center.

When you install Windows ADK, select the Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment features.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Command Line Utilities or SQL Server 2012 Command Line Utilities, depending on which version of SQL Server you install

noteNote
If you do not install these utilities, this will not block the installation. These utilities are required if you plan to deploy services that use SQL Server data-tier applications (.dacpac files).

Locate the Command Line Utilities in the following feature packs:

A supported version of SQL Server

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

Supported operating systems

 

For System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager Edition Service pack System architecture

Windows Server 2008 R2 (full installation)

Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter

Service Pack 1 or earlier

x64

 

For Virtual Machine Manager in System Center 2012 SP1 Edition Service pack System architecture

Windows Server 2012 (Server with a GUI and Server Core Installation options)

Standard and Datacenter

Not applicable

x64

 

For Virtual Machine Manager in System Center 2012 R2 Edition Service pack System architecture

Windows Server 2012 (Server with a GUI and Server Core Installation options)

Standard and Datacenter

Not applicable

x64

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server with a GUI and Server Core Installation options)

Standard and Datacenter

Not applicable

x64

Additional information

  • The computer on which you install the VMM management server must be a member of an Active Directory domain.

  • The name of the computer on which you install the VMM management server cannot exceed 15 characters.

  • If you install the VMM management server on a virtual machine and you use the Dynamic Memory feature of Hyper-V, you must set the startup RAM for the virtual machine to be at least 2,048 megabytes (MB).

  • You can use VMM to install a highly available VMM management server on a failover cluster that runs any supported operating system.

For information about how to install a VMM management server, see Installing a VMM Management Server and Installing a Highly Available VMM Management Server.

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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