You Got Microsoft on My VMware

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2008-11-25 Print this article Print

I installed SC VMM 2008 on a Hewlett-Packard ProLiant ML115 system running Windows Server 2008 64-bit. Once the application was installed, I added my Hyper-V systems to the list of managed hosts. Next I clicked on the "add VMware VirtualCenter server" action to begin incorporating my VMware ESX environment into SC VMM 2008.

The system cleanly imported my cluster, host and VM information from the VirtualCenter system. Selecting a host from the list provided detailed status information, including processor type, the amount of RAM, storage, operating system and version, and the names of the virtual machines installed on that specific host.

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I installed VMware ESX 3.5 on a new physical system and added it to the VirtualCenter management interface. Within 2 minutes, the new host appeared on the SC VMM 2008 interface. IT managers who are familiar with the VMware Virtual Infrastructure client interface will have no trouble navigating around the SC VMM 2008 screens.

Managing virtual machines and hosts by status or operating system type was easy to do using reporting filters supplied with the product. SC VMM 2008 does a good job of highlighting machines that are in trouble. It never took more than a couple of clicks to navigate to troubled systems to see the problem.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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