How to Connect to a Highly Available VMM Management Server by Using the VMM Console
Updated: May 13, 2016
Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager
You can use the following procedure to connect to a highly available Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) management server by using the VMM console.
To use the VMM console, you must be a member of a user role in VMM. For more information about user roles, see Creating User Roles in VMM.
On a computer on which the VMM console is installed, if the Virtual Machine Manager Console icon is displayed on the desktop, double-click it. Otherwise, click Start and search by typing virtual. When the Virtual Machine Manager Console listing appears, click it.
We recommend that you install the VMM console on a different computer from the highly available VMM management server installation and use that VMM console to connect to the highly available VMM management server. For more information about installing the VMM console, see Installing and Opening the VMM Console.
In the Connect to Server dialog box, in the Server name box, type the clustered service name for your highly available VMM management server implementation, followed by a colon, and then the connection port that you assigned during the installation of the highly available VMM management server. For example, type
The clustered service name is the name that is entered on the Cluster configuration page during the installation of the highly available VMM management server. Do not enter the name of the failover cluster or the name of the computer on which the highly available VMM management server is installed.
By connecting using the clustered service name, the VMM console will be able to reconnect automatically to the highly available VMM management server after a failover.
If you want to connect using an account other than the current account, select Specify credentials and then enter a User name and Password.
If you want to connect to another VMM management server the next time that you open the VMM console, ensure that the Automatically connect with these settings check box is not selected.
If your account belongs to more than one user role for this VMM management server, the Select User Role dialog box appears. In the Select User Role dialog box, select the user role that you would like to use for your session, and then click OK.