System Requirements: VMM Library Server in System Center 2012 and in System Center 2012 SP1

 

Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

The minimum and recommended hardware requirements for a System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) library server vary depending on a number of factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the quantity and size of the following files that will be stored on the library server:

  • Virtual machine templates

  • Virtual hard disks

  • Virtual floppy disks

  • ISO images

  • Scripts

  • Stored virtual machines

Hardware componentMinimumRecommended
ProcessorPentium 4, 2.8 gigahertz (GHz)Dual-core 64-bit, 3.2 GHz or greater
RAM2 gigabytes (GB)2 GB
Hard disk spaceVaries based on the number and size of the stored filesVaries based on the number and size of the stored files

Before you add a VMM library server, you must install the following software.

SoftwareNotes
A supported operating system for the VMM library serverFor more information, see Supported operating systems in this topic.
Windows Remote Management (WinRM)WinRM 1.1 is included in the Windows Server 2008 operating system. By default, the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service is set to start automatically.

WinRM 2.0 is included in Windows Server 2008 R2. By default, the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service is set to start automatically (delayed start).

WinRM 3.0 is included in Windows Server 2012 and in Windows Server 2012 R2. By default, the Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) service is set to start automatically.
Operating system for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine ManagerEditionSystem architecture
Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 or earlier

(full installation or Server Core installation)
Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenterx64
Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2

(full installation or Server Core installation)
Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenterx86 and x64
Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 without Hyper-V

(full installation or Server Core installation)
Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenterx86 and x64
Operating system for VMM in System Center 2012 SP1EditionSystem architecture
Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenterx64
Windows Server 2012 (full installation or Server Core installation)Standard and Datacenterx64
  • The .vhdx file format is supported only as of VMM library servers that are running Windows Server 2012.

  • For more information about library servers in VMM, see Configuring the VMM Library.

  • You can use System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager to add highly available library shares on a failover cluster that is created in the following operating systems:

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

    • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter

    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

    You can use VMM in System Center 2012 SP1 to add highly available library shares on a failover cluster that is created in Windows Server 2012 Standard and Windows Server 2012 Datacenter.

  • VMM does not provide a method for replicating physical files in the VMM library or a method for transferring metadata for objects that are stored in the VMM database. You must replicate physical files outside VMM, and you must transfer metadata by using scripts or other means.

  • VMM does not support file servers that are configured with the case-sensitive option for Windows Services for UNIX, because the Network File System (NFS) case control is set to Ignore. For more information about the NFS case control, see Windows Services for UNIX 2.0 NFS Case Control.

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