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Installing the VMM Server

Before installing the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) server, ensure that the computer meets the minimum hardware requirements and that all prerequisite software is installed. For more information about software and hardware requirements, see Virtual Machine Manager System Requirements (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69926).

When you install the VMM server, you also set up the VMM database. VMM uses a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database to store the information that you view in the VMM Administrator Console, such as virtual machines, virtual machine hosts, virtual machine library servers, and their properties.

During VMM server setup, you must specify one of the following VMM database options:

  • Use an existing instance of SQL Server 2005, either local or remote.
  • Use an existing instance of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, either local or remote.
  • Have Setup install a new instance of SQL Server 2005 Express Edition locally.
If you use a remote instance of SQL Server 2005, there are additional configuration steps you need to perform. For more information about configuring and using, a remote instance of SQL Server for the VMM database, see Configuring a Remote Instance of SQL Server.

Use the following procedure to install the VMM server. To perform this procedure, you must be an administrator on the computer.

To install the Virtual Machine Manager server
  1. On the product DVD or network share, double-click setup.exe.

  2. On the Setup menu, click Install Virtual Machine Manager server.

    If you have not installed Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, you must install it from within Setup before you can proceed.

  3. On the Prerequisites Check page, review any alerts or warnings about hardware that does not meet the minimum or recommended requirements or missing software prerequisites. You can continue if you receive warnings, but alerts must be resolved before you can proceed with the installation.

    If Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is not already installed, Setup installs it automatically. Installing .NET Framework 3.0 does not interfere with the .NET Framework 2.0 components.

  4. On the Installation Settings page, select the Microsoft SQL Server option that you want to use for your VMM database.

  5. If you selected Use an existing instance of SQL Server in step 4, on the SQL Server Settings page, select one of the following options:

    1. Select Use a SQL Server instance on the Virtual Machine Manager server, and then enter the instance name and database name on the VMM server to use a local instance of SQL Server for the VMM database.
    2. Select Use a remote instance using the following settings, enter the server name and domain, the credentials for a user account that is a member of the sysadmin server role for the remote instance of SQL Server, and then the instance name and database name.
      For additional configuration information for using a remote SQL Server instance, see Configuring a Remote Instance of SQL Server.

  6. On the Library Share Settings page, select the option to either create a new library share or use an existing library share.

    During installation, Setup creates a default VMM library and library share on the local VMM server. The library share name is MSSCVMMLibrary and the default path for the folder is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Virtual Machine Manager Library Files. You can change the location and share name during Setup; however, after setup is complete you cannot remove or relocate this default library server or its library share.

  7. On the Port Assignments page, assign the ports you want to use for the VMM connections, do one of the following.

    1. Click Next to use the default port settings for the VMM server.
      It is a best practice to not use default settings.

    2. Assign different ports that you want to use for the VMM server, and then click Next
      The port settings that you assign for the VMM server must identically match the port settings that you assign for the related VMM components that the VMM server communicates with. For more information about assigning ports, see the "About Assigning Ports in VMM" topic (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=102100).

  8. On the Summary of Settings page, review your settings, and then do one of the following:

    1. Click Previous to change any settings.
    2. Click Install to install the VMM server.
  9. On the Installation page, you can view the status of setup and after setup is complete, you can click the link in the Status window to check online for the latest VMM updates.

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