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Adding Windows Servers as Hyper-V Hosts in VMM Overview

Updated: November 1, 2013

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

The procedures in this section describe how to add an existing Windows Server computer or a Windows Server failover cluster as one or more managed Hyper-V hosts in VMM. You can add Windows Server computers that are in a trusted or untrusted Active Directory domain, in a disjointed namespace, and in a perimeter network (also known as DMZ, demilitarized zone, and screened subnet). Realize that you can add only stand-alone hosts in a perimeter network. VMM does not support managing a host cluster in a perimeter network. If you want to manage a stand-alone host that is in a workgroup and not part of a domain, you can use the method to add a host in a perimeter network.

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New in System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager, you can manage Hyper-V host clusters in untrusted Active Directory domains.

Operating System Requirements

The computers that you want to add as Hyper-V hosts must be running one of the operating systems that is listed in System Requirements: Hyper-V Hosts.

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If the Windows Server computer that you want to add does not already have the Hyper-V role installed, make sure that the BIOS on the computer is configured to support Hyper-V. If the Hyper-V role is not already installed on the server, VMM automatically adds and enables the Hyper-V role when you add the server. For more information, see Hyper-V Installation Prerequisites.

Example Scenario Overview

The example scenarios that are used in this section assume that you have the basic VMM infrastructure in place, such as a VMM management server and a library server. The examples in this section build on example scenarios from the Preparing the Fabric in VMM section, and uses the same example host group structure.

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The example resource names and configuration are used to help demonstrate the concepts. You can adapt them to your test environment.

The example scenarios walk you through how to add a Hyper-V host in a trusted Active Directory domain, an untrusted Active Directory domain, in a disjointed namespace, and in a perimeter network.

The following table summarizes the example resources that are used.

 

Resource Resource Name

Windows Server in a trusted Active Directory domain

HyperVHost01.contoso.com

Windows Server in an untrusted Active Directory domain

HyperVHost02.fabrikam.com

Windows Server in a disjointed namespace

HyperVHost03.contosocorp.com

Windows Server in a perimeter network

HyperVHost04

Host groups

  • HyperVHost01.contoso.com is added to the host group Seattle\SEA_Tier0

  • HyperVHost02.fabrikam.com is added to the host group New York\NY_Tier2

  • HyperVHost03 is added to the host group New York\NY_Tier1

  • HyperVHost04 is added to the host group Seattle\SEA_Tier2

Run As accounts

  • Trusted Hyper-V Hosts

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    This Run As account is optional, as you can also specify a user name and password.

  • Untrusted Hyper-V Hosts

In This Section

Follow these procedures to add Windows Server computers as managed Hyper-V hosts.

 

Procedure Description

How to Add Trusted Hyper-V Hosts and Host Clusters in VMM

Describes how to add Hyper-V hosts and host clusters that are in a trusted Active Directory domain.

How to Add Hyper-V Hosts in a Disjointed Namespace in VMM

Describes how to add Hyper-V hosts and host clusters that are in a disjointed namespace.

How to Add Untrusted Hyper-V Hosts and Host Clusters in VMM

Describes how to add Hyper-V hosts and host clusters that are in an untrusted Active Directory domain.

How to Add Hyper-V Hosts in a Perimeter Network in VMM

Describes how to add Hyper-V hosts that are in a perimeter network.

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