Virtual Server tools

Virtual Server tools

To manage virtual machines, you can use Windows Server System management products, including Automated Deployment Services (ADS), Systems Management Server (SMS), Windows Software System Update Services, and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). As of the time of this writing, these management tools do not distinguish between a virtual machine and a physical computer, and handle them in exactly the same manner.

Virtual Server has a built-in scheduler for resource management. You should not use a resource management tool, such as Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) or non-Microsoft tool, with Virtual Server. If you do, it can cause serious problems with performance. For more information about managing resources with Virtual Server, see Configuring CPU resources for virtual machines and Allocating system resources to a virtual machine.

When using an automated management tool, bear in mind that shutting down the host operating system while running Virtual Server will result in Virtual Server and all of its virtual machines being shut down as well. By default, Virtual Server saves the state of each virtual machine and shuts it down before shutting down. By default, virtual machines do not automatically start when Virtual Server starts. You can modify the behavior of a virtual machine upon restart of Virtual Server, as described in Modifying general virtual machine properties.

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