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About the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal

The Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal is a Web page through which self-service users can create and operate their own virtual machines within a controlled environment. In their sessions with the Self-Service Portal, self-service users see only the virtual machines that they own and the actions that their virtual machine permissions allow them to perform.

The Self-Service Portal includes a troubleshooting mode that allows a VMM administrator to log on to the portal as a self-service user to view the user's session. The administrator has view-only access to the session. For more information, see How to Troubleshoot a User Session on the VMM Self-Service Portal.

VMM administrators are allowed access to the VMM Self-Service Portal only in troubleshooting mode. You cannot access the portal under your own account. To preview the portal, create a self-service policy under any user or group account and grant all virtual machine permissions in the policy. Then access the portal under that alias.

The Self-Service Portal is installed by using a Setup wizard. For information, see "How to Install the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal" in VMM Setup Help. After installing the portal, you must identify the Web server to Virtual Machine Manager. For information, see How to Add and Remove Self-Service Web Servers.

To open the VMM Self-Service Portal on the Web server
  1. Open the Start menu.

  2. Point to All Programs, point to Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007, and then click Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal.

To open the VMM Self-Service Portal in a Web browser
  1. In a Web browser, specify the portal Web site in one of the following formats:

    —If the Self-Service Portal Web site is using a dedicated port, type http:// followed by the computer name of the Web server, a colon, and then the port number. For example, http://WebServer:80

    —If not, type http:// followed by the host header name.

  2. To open the Web site, press ENTER.

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