System Requirements: Hyper-V Host Deployment to a Bare-Metal Computer 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
Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) provides the capability to discover physical computers on the network and then automatically install the Windows operating system on these computers and convert them into managed Hyper-V hosts. The targeted physical computer can be a computer that does not have an operating system installed, often referred to as a “bare-metal" computer, or it can be a computer on which you want to overwrite an existing operating system.
For more information, see Adding Physical Computers as Hyper-V Hosts or as Scale-Out File Servers in VMM Overview.
Physical computer to be discovered
Must have a baseboard management controller (BMC) with a supported out-of-band management protocol. VMM supports the following out-of-band management protocols:
PXE Server that is used to initiate the operating system installation on the physical computer.
Requirements for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager:
Requirements for VMM in System Center 2012 SP1:
Also, the PXE server needs to be in the same subnet as the out-of-band computer.
Image operating system
For System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager:
For VMM in System Center 2012 SP1:
The operating system image must support the option to boot from virtual hard disk.
You can create the virtual hard disk by running the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep.exe) with both the /generalize and the /oobe options on a virtual machine that runs the operating system that will be on the image.