System Requirements: VMM Management Server in System Center 2012 and in System Center 2012 SP1
Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager
The following tables list the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for the System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) management server, based on the number of hosts that you manage.
Pentium 4, 2 gigahertz (GHz) (x64)
Dual-processor, dual-core, 2.8 GHz (x64) or greater
4 gigabytes (GB)
Hard disk space, without a local VMM database
Hard disk space, with a local, full version of Microsoft SQL Server
If you use the VMM management server as a library server, you must provide additional hard disk space to store objects. For more information about the requirements for a VMM library server, see System Requirements: VMM Library Server in System Center 2012 and in System Center 2012 SP1.
Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz (x64)
Dual-processor, dual-core, 3.6 GHz or greater (x64)
Hard disk space
For better performance when you manage more than 150 hosts, we recommend that you use a dedicated computer for the VMM management server and do the following:
Before you install the VMM management server, you must install the following software.
A supported operating system
For more information, see Supported operating systems in this topic.
Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service
Microsoft .NET Framework:
To obtain the Microsoft .NET Framework:
Windows deployment and installation kit:
To obtain a Windows deployment and installation kit:
When you install Windows ADK, select the Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment features.
SQL Server 2008 R2 Command Line Utilities or SQL Server 2012 Command Line Utilities, depending on which version of SQL Server you install
Locate the Command Line Utilities in the following feature packs:
A supported version of SQL Server
For more information about the supported versions of SQL Server, see System Requirements: VMM Database in System Center 2012 and in System Center 2012 SP1.
For System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager
Windows Server 2008 R2 (full installation)
Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter
Service Pack 1 or earlier
For Virtual Machine Manager in System Center 2012 SP1
Windows Server 2012 (Server with a GUI and Server Core Installation options)
Standard and Datacenter
The computer on which you install the VMM management server must be a member of an Active Directory domain.
The name of the computer on which you install the VMM management server cannot exceed 15 characters.
Don’t install the VMM management server, or other System Center components other than agents, on servers running Hyper-V. You can install System Center components in virtual machines.
Installing the VMM management server in a virtual machine can help you reduce the number of physical servers that you maintain, and simplify some management tasks.
If you install the VMM management server on a virtual machine and you use the Dynamic Memory feature of Hyper-V, you must set the startup RAM for the virtual machine to be at least 2,048 megabytes (MB).
You can use VMM to install a highly available VMM management server on a failover cluster that runs any supported operating system.
For information about how to install a VMM management server, see Installing a VMM Management Server and Installing a Highly Available VMM Management Server.