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Installing a Highly Available VMM Management Server

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

The procedures in this section describe how to do the following in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM):

Before you begin the installation of a highly available VMM management server, ensure the following:

The following are some recommendations to consider for installing highly available VMM management servers in VMM:

  • We recommend that you use a highly available installation of SQL Server.

  • We recommend that the highly available installation of SQL Server is installed on a separate failover cluster from the failover cluster on which you are installing the highly available VMM management server.

  • We also recommend that you use a highly available file server for hosting your library shares.

The following are some additional considerations about highly available VMM management servers in VMM:

  • You can only have one implementation of a highly available VMM management server on a given failover cluster.

  • You can have VMM management servers installed on as many as sixteen nodes on a failover cluster, but there can only be one node active at any time.

  • You cannot perform a planned failover (for example, to install a security update or to do maintenance on a node of the cluster) by using the VMM console. To perform a planned failover, use Failover Cluster Manager.

  • During a planned failover, ensure that there are no tasks actively running on the VMM management server. Any running tasks will fail during a failover. Any failed jobs will not start automatically after a failover.

  • Any connections to a highly available VMM management server from the VMM console or the VMM Self-Service Portal will be lost during a failover. The VMM console will be able to reconnect automatically to the highly available VMM management server after a failover.

    noteNote
    As of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the VMM Self-Service Portal has been removed.

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