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Creating Host Groups in VMM

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager

The procedures in this section describe how to create a host group structure in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), and how to configure host group properties. You can use host groups to group virtual machine hosts in meaningful ways, often based on physical site location and resource allocation. When you design a host group structure, consider the following:

  • Several settings and resources are assigned at the host group level, such as custom placement rules, host reserve settings for placement, dynamic optimization and power optimization settings, network resource inheritance, host group storage allocation, and custom properties. By default, child host groups inherit the settings from the parent host group.

    In the properties of a virtual machine host, you can choose to override host reserve settings from the parent host group.

  • You can assign host groups to the Delegated Administrator and the Read-Only Administrator user roles to scope the user roles to specific host groups. Members of these user roles can view and manage the fabric resources that are assigned to them at the host group level.

  • You can create a private cloud from resources in host groups. When you create a private cloud, you select which host groups will be part of the private cloud. You can then allocate all or some of the resources from the selected host groups to the private cloud.

In This Section

Follow these procedures to configure host groups in VMM.


Procedure Description

How to Create a Host Group Structure in VMM

Describes how to create a host group hierarchy, and how to move a host group to another location.

How to Configure Host Group Properties in VMM

Describes how to configure host group properties.

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

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