1eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Corrals VMware ESX
eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Corrals VMware ESXby Cameron Sturdevant
2Adding VMware Host Through Microsoft Console
Here you see a new VMware ESX host being added to the eWEEK Labs VMware Infrastructure environment, as monitored through Microsoft’s cross-platform System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. This is a first for VMM.
3Another ESX Infrastructure
Adding a VMware VirtualCenter server is the starting point for streamlining heterogeneous VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V systems in the single console provided by Microsoft’s SC VMM 2008.
4Host Properties for an ESX Server
Using Microsoft’s SC VMM 2008 I was able to access details about a VMware ESX host including the virtual machines running on that physical host.
5Creating New VMs
My Microsoft Windows Server 2008 system is called “Hyper-me” and here we see the first steps in creating a new VM on the system. Since the Hyper-V role was already enabled, VMM 2008 simply walked through the steps to create the system.
Here we see the status of lab machine EWK018. Notice that several systems are running and that several more are not. It’s simple to jump between machines to get status information.
7Add VMware VirtualCenter Server
This is the first step to incorporate a VirtualCenter server into a VMM 2008 environment. You’ll see more on this as we move to actually bring together the lab virtual infrastructure. I’ll be bringing you more slides of our integration process.
8Virtual Machine Identity
Creating a new virtual machine in VMM 2008 is practically identical to the steps taken to create a new VM in Hyper-V.
Adding a hardware configuration to a new VM can be centralized in VMM 2008.
“Hyper-Me” got a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5 because some of the system software needs upgrading.
Once the configuration of a new VM is complete, VMM 2008 creates a new system.