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Frequently Asked Questions: Creating Virtual Machines in VMM

Updated: November 6, 2008

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

Does VMM support emulated network devices on a Hyper-V virtual machine running the Windows Server 2003 x64 operating system?

No. Microsoft does not plan to release a driver for Windows Server 2003 x64. You will need to use synthetic network devices, which, to be loaded, require Integration Components in Hyper-V.

Can I get a MAC address assigned to a newly created virtual machine hosted by Hyper-V?

Hyper-V dynamically assigns a MAC address to the virtual network adapter when a newly created virtual machine is turned on. If you want to assign a static MAC address without having to turn on the virtual machine, you can configure a global static MAC address range for VMM 2008. When you create a virtual machine, you can use the next available address from the range.

To set the MAC address range, in Administration view of the VMM Administrator Console, expand the Networking node, and then click Global static MAC address range. For more information, see How to Set the Static MAC Address Range for Virtual Network Devices.

Can I link to an ISO image in the VMM library from a virtual machine deployed on a Hyper-V or VMware ESX Server host?

Linking to a centrally stored ISO image in the VMM library when a virtual machine is on a Hyper-V host has not been tested at this time. VMM does not support this for virtual machines deployed on ESX Server hosts.

When I create a guest operating system profile, why can I see some of my Sysprep answer files but not others?

The answer file format depends on the Windows operating system that is selected in the guest operating system profile. If you select the Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP operating system, the selection list shows only .inf files. If you select Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, the selection list shows only .xml files.

How can I use VMware templates in VMM?

You can use the VMware templates in VMM 2008 as follows:

  • After adding a VMware Virtual Center server, you can import your existing templates on VMware ESX Server hosts into the library for use in VMM. Use the Import templates action in the Virtualization Managers node in Administration view of the VMM Administrator Console.

  • You can use the New template action in the VMM Administrator Console to create a new template based on a VMware virtual machine.

Can I create a template that does not run Sysprep?

Yes. When you create a template from an existing virtual hard disk or an existing virtual machine, you can choose the Customization not required option on the Guest OS Profile wizard page to exclude the template from Sysprep. This feature enables VMM administrators to create virtual machines with non-Windows guest operating systems and with Windows operating systems on which VMM cannot run Sysprep (such as Windows 7). The feature enables self-service users, who are restricted to creating virtual machines from templates provided by the administrator, to create a virtual machine from a virtual hard disk.

Why does the parameter -UserRole for Set-VM have three possible values when the only valid value is SelfServiceUser?

When used with Set-VM, the -UserRole parameter is used to assign a self-service user role to a virtual machine; therefore, SelfServiceUser is the only valid parameter in that context. However, the -UserRole parameter is also used by other cmdlets that might need other values.