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System Requirements: VMM Library 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 minimum and recommended hardware requirements for a System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) library server vary depending on a number of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the quantity and size of the following files that will be stored on the library server:

  • Virtual machine templates

  • Virtual hard disks

  • Virtual floppy disks

  • ISO images

  • Scripts

  • Stored virtual machines

 

Hardware component Minimum Recommended

Processor

Pentium 4, 2.8 gigahertz (GHz)

Dual-core 64-bit, 3.2 GHz or greater

RAM

2 gigabytes (GB)

2 GB

Hard disk space

Varies based on the number and size of the stored files

Varies based on the number and size of the stored files

Software requirements

Before you add a VMM library server, you must install the following software.

 

Software Notes

A supported operating system for the VMM library server

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

Windows Remote Management (WinRM)

WinRM 1.1 is included in the Windows Server 2008 operating system. By default, the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service is set to start automatically.

WinRM 2.0 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2. 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.

Supported operating systems

 

Operating system for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager Edition System architecture

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 or earlier

(full installation or Server Core installation)

Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter

x64

Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2

(full installation or Server Core installation)

Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter

x86 and x64

Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 without Hyper-V

(full installation or Server Core installation)

Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter

x86 and x64

 

Operating system for VMM in System Center 2012 SP1 Edition System architecture

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter

x64

Windows Server 2012 (full installation or Server Core installation)

Standard and Datacenter

x64

 

Operating system for VMM in System Center 2012 R2 Edition System architecture

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter

x64

Windows Server 2012 (full installation or Server Core installation)

Standard and Datacenter

x64

Windows Server 2012 R2

Standard and Datacenter

x64

Additional information

  • The .vhdx file format is supported only as of VMM library servers that are running Windows Server 2012.

  • For more information about library servers in VMM, see Configuring the VMM Library.

  • You can use System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager to add highly available library shares on a failover cluster that is created in the following operating systems:

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

    • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter

    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

    You can use VMM in System Center 2012 SP1 to add highly available library shares on a failover cluster that is created in Windows Server 2012 Standard and Windows Server 2012 Datacenter.

  • VMM does not provide a method for replicating physical files in the VMM library or a method for transferring metadata for objects that are stored in the VMM database. You must replicate physical files outside VMM, and you must transfer metadata by using scripts or other means.

  • VMM does not support file servers that are configured with the case-sensitive option for Windows Services for UNIX, because the Network File System (NFS) case control is set to Ignore. For more information about the NFS case control, see Windows Services for UNIX 2.0 NFS Case Control.

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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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