The Virtual Machines service for Services Manager delivers virtual datacenters from the cloud. The service integrates with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) for VM management and supports Microsoft Hyper-V Server.
Customers provisioned with the Virtual Machines service can create and manage the virtual servers in their organizations. Customers can add and configure new virtual servers, create checkpoints that enable restoring virtual servers to a previous state, and add or remove servers from available networks.
Customers can be assigned resource pools which include limits on total disk storage, memory, processors, and number of virtual machines. When a resource pool is assigned, the customer can create, manage, stop, start, upgrade, and downgrade their virtual servers through the Services Manager control panel. If more resources are needed, the customer's reseller can add the required resources.
Customers can be assigned one or more virtual networks and Services Manager can automatically assign a VLAN tag or allow the customer to assign the tag manually. After the network is set up, the customer can add or remove virtual servers from the virtual network. Virtual networks can span across multiple physical hosts managed by the same SCVMM server. This means that customers' virtual servers can be distributed across hosts.
|Version||Windows Server 2008 R2||Windows Server 2012|
|SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1||X|
|SCVMM 2012 SP1||X|
Additionally, the Virtual Machines service supports Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.
|Windows server roles||
Enable the following Windows server roles:
|Microsoft .NET Framework 4||Installed.|
|SCVMM console software||Install the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Administrator Console.|
|Active Directory groups||An Active Directory security group is added to Hyper-V servers to enable remote connections. Your environment must allow security groups to be added to the host from the domain containing the Services Manager components.|
|SCVMM servers||8100||VMM - Administrator Console to VMM server|
|As installed||RDP - self-service portal website port|
|If using a remote VMM database||1433||TDS - SQL Server|
|Virtual server||5900||VMRC - VMRC connection to virtual server host|
|Hyper-V hosts||80||WinRM - VMM server to VMM agent on Windows Server-based host (control)|
|443||BITS - Library server > hosts|
|445||SMB - VMM server to VMM agent on Windows Server-based host (data)|
|2179||RDP - VMConnect to Hyper-V hosts|
|5900||VMRC - connection to virtual server host|
|Virtual machines||3389||RDP - Remote desktop to VMs|
Hyper-V hosts can be stand-alone or clustered. Services Manager supports Cluster Shared Volumes for provisioning highly available VMs.