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Adding and Managing Hyper-V Hosts and Scale-Out File Servers in VMM

Updated: July 31, 2014

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

This section shows how to do the following in Virtual Machine Manager:

  • Add existing Hyper-V hosts and Hyper-V host clusters to VMM, and configure host and host cluster properties.

  • Convert a physical computer without an operating system installed (often called a “bare-metal computer”) to a managed Hyper-V host.

  • Create a Hyper-V host cluster, add or remove nodes, and uncluster a host cluster directly through the VMM console.

    noteNote
    If you want to use VMM to create clusters running Windows Server 2012 R2, the VMM management server must run Windows Server 2012 R2. This is true for creating either Hyper-V host clusters or Scale-Out File Server clusters.

    If the VMM management server instead runs Windows Server 2012, you can create clusters running Windows Server 2012 R2 outside of VMM and then add them to VMM. You just can’t create the clusters in VMM.

  • As of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, convert bare-metal computers to a managed Scale-Out File Server cluster. As described in the previous note, you can do this only if the VMM management server runs Windows Server 2012 R2.

  • Modify a Scale-Out File Server cluster through the VMM console.

noteNote
This section focuses on how to add Hyper-V hosts and Hyper-V host clusters. Be aware that VMM also enables you to add VMware ESX hosts and Citrix XenServer hosts to VMM management. For more information, see Managing VMware ESX and Citrix XenServer in VMM.

In This Section

Adding Hyper-V Hosts and Host Clusters, and Scale-Out File Servers to VMM
Describes how to add an existing Windows Server computer or a Windows Server failover cluster as one or more managed Hyper-V hosts in VMM. Covers adding Hyper-V hosts that are in a trusted domain, an untrusted domain, a disjointed namespace, and in a perimeter network. Additionally, this section covers how to convert a physical computer without an operating system installed, or a computer where you want to overwrite an existing operating system installation, to a managed Hyper-V host.

Creating and Modifying Hyper-V Host Clusters in VMM
Describes how to create a Hyper-V host cluster through the VMM console by using the Create Cluster Wizard. This section also includes procedures about how to use the VMM console to add and remove cluster nodes, and to uncluster a Hyper-V host cluster.

Modifying a Scale-Out File Server in VMM
Describes how to modify a Scale-Out File Server cluster. This section includes procedures about how to use the VMM console to add and remove cluster nodes, and to uncluster a Scale-Out File Server cluster.

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