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Preparing to Create Services in VMM


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

Before you begin creating service templates to be used to deploy services in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), you should review and document all the elements that make up the service that you want to deploy. For example:

  • What computers (physical and virtual) need to be deployed to support the service?

  • What applications need to be deployed?

  • What networking components are used?

  • Who will use the service?

You also need to ensure that the VMM resources needed to deploy the service have been created, configured, and are available. For example:


For more information

VMM library resources (such as virtual hard disks)

Configuring the VMM Library

Networking components (such as logical networks and load balancers)

Configuring Networking in VMM

Virtual machine hosts and host groups

Creating Host Groups in VMM

Adding and Managing Hyper-V Hosts and Scale-Out File Servers in VMM

Managing VMware ESX and Citrix XenServer in VMM

Private clouds

Creating a Private Cloud in VMM Overview

Hardware profiles, guest operating system profiles, application profiles, and SQL Server profiles

Creating Profiles and Templates in VMM

Virtual machine templates

How to Create a Virtual Machine Template

Monitoring and reporting

Configuring Operations Manager Integration with VMM

  • If you plan to install applications, ensure that you have all the necessary installation files, scripts, and configuration information available for the applications.

  • If you are using Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V), ensure that you have sequenced the applications.

  • If you plan to deploy an instance of SQL Server on to a virtual machine, ensure that you have a virtual hard drive that contains a sysprepped version (prepared instance) of Microsoft SQL Server. For information about supported versions of Microsoft SQL Server, see How to Create a SQL Server Profile in a Service Deployment.

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