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Installing Virtual Machine Manager

This section provides step-by-step instructions for installing the components of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). You can use the information in this section to install all VMM components on a single computer or to install each VMM component on separate computers.

The information provided in this section is the most current and may be updated periodically. It supersedes the information provided with the product when it was first released.

Before you begin the installation of the VMM components:

  1. Ensure that all computers meet at least the minimum hardware requirements and that all prerequisite software is installed. For more information about hardware and software requirements, see Virtual Machine Manager System Requirements at (
  2. It is highly recommended that you run the Virtual Machine Manager Configuration Analyzer (VMMCA) for each computer on which you want to install a VMM component. VMMCA is a diagnostic tool that verifies configuration settings for your computer that are important to running VMM. You can download the VMMCA at (
    To scan a remote computer, make sure that a firewall is not blocking Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) communication or the service control manager (SCM), known as Remote Service Management in the Windows Vista operating system.

In This Section

Installing the VMM Server

Provides step-by-step instructions for installing the VMM server and designating or installing the VMM database.

Installing the VMM Administrator Console

Provides step-by-step instructions for installing the VMM Administrator Console.

Installing the VMM Self-Service Portal

Provides step-by-step instructions for installing the VMM Self-Service Portal.

Installing a VMM Agent Locally

Provides step-by-step instructions for installing a VMM agent locally on a virtual machine host.

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