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Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager virtualization environments

Follow this guidance if you use Hyper-V with the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to provide virtual machines.

See System requirements for a list of supported VMM versions.

You can use Machine Creation Services or Citrix Provisioning (formerly Provisioning Services) to provision:

  • Generation 1 Desktop or Server OS VMs
  • Generation 2 Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2022, Windows 10, and Windows 11 VMs (with or without secure boot)

Install and configure a hypervisor

Install the Microsoft Hyper-V role and VMM on your servers.

Verify the following account information:

In Manage > Full Configuration, the account you specify when creating a connection must be a VMM administrator or VMM delegated administrator for the relevant Hyper-V machines. If this account has only the delegated administrator role in VMM, the storage data is not listed in the Full Configuration interface during the connection creation process.

Your user account must also be a member of the administrators local security group on each Hyper-V server to support VM lifecycle management (such as VM creation, update, and deletion).

In large deployments where a single SCVMM manages multiple clusters in different data centers, you can limit the host groups scope of the admins.

To limit the host groups scope, use the delegated admin role in the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) console.

  1. On Create User Roles Wizard, select Fabric Administrator (delegated administrator) as a user role.
  2. In Members, add the user account in the Active Directory that you want to use as delegated admin.
  3. In Scope, select the host groups you want the delegated admin to have access to.
  4. Create a new Run As Account using delegated admin user credentials. Use these credentials to create a hypervisor connection later. Do not use the main administrator role accounts.

Install the VMM console

Install a System Center Virtual Machine Manager console on each server having a Citrix Cloud Connector.

The console version must match the management server version. Although an earlier console can connect to the management server, provisioning VDAs fails if the versions differ.

Azure Stack HCI provisioning through SCVMM

Azure Stack HCI is a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) cluster solution that hosts virtualized Windows and Linux workloads and their storage in a hybrid, on-premises environment.

Azure hybrid services enhance the cluster with capabilities such as cloud-based monitoring, site recovery, and VM backups. You can also have a central view of all your Azure Stack HCI deployments in the Azure portal.

Integrate Azure Stack HCI with SCVMM

To integrate Azure Stack HCI with SCVMM, you need to first create an Azure Stack HCI cluster, and then integrate that cluster with SCVMM.

  1. To create the Azure Stack HCI cluster and register it with Azure, see the Microsoft document Connect Azure Stack HCI to Azure.
  2. To integrate Azure Stack HCI cluster with SCVMM, do the following:

    1. Log in to the machine that is prepared to host the SCVMM server and install SCVMM 2019 UR3 or later.


      Install SCVMM 2019 UR3 or later Administrator Console in the Cloud Connector VMs.

    2. In the Settings page of the VMM console, create a run as account.
    3. Run the following PowerShell commands with administrative permissions in the SCVMM server to add the Azure Stack HCI cluster as a host:

      $runAsAccountName = 'Admin'
      $runAsAccount = Get-SCRunAsAccount -Name $runAsAccountName
      $hostGroupName = 'All Hosts'
      $hostGroup = Get-SCVMHostGroup -Name $hostGroupName
      $hostCluster = 'FQDN of Azure Stack HCI cluster'
      Add-SCVMHostCluster -Name $hostCluster -RunAsynchronously -VMHostGroup
      $hostGroup -Credential $runAsAccount -RemoteConnectEnabled $true
    4. You can now see the Azure Stack HCI cluster along with the nodes in the VMM console.
    5. Create the SCVMM hosting connection in the Full Configuration interface.

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