Preparing the Fabric Scenario in VMM


Updated: May 13, 2016

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

The procedures in this section describe how to configure the fabric in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

In this section, you will configure the fabric to provide sample resources for hosts, virtual machines and services. In the example scenarios, you will create a host group structure, configure the library, and configure resources for both networking and storage. Because several of these scenarios depend on your existing hardware and physical infrastructure, consider the examples as guidelines. The examples that are used in the documentation are designed to help you to understand the logical flow from preparing the infrastructure to making the infrastructure building blocks available to a private cloud.

The following summarizes the sample resources that are used in this section.

Host groups

  • Seattle

  • Tier0_SEA

  • Tier1_SEA

  • Tier2_SEA

  • New York

  • Tier0_NY

  • Tier1_NY

  • Tier2_NY

Library shares

  • VMMServer01\SEALibrary (in Seattle)

  • NYLibrary01\NYLibrary (in New York)


Logical networks:

Name Description
FRONTEND Public network. Use for Internet-facing Web servers.
BACKEND Corporate network. Use for internal servers such as application and database servers. Note: In the examples, only the BACKEND logical network is fully defined with example network sites, example IP subnets assigned and an example static IP address pool.
LAB Lab network. Use for test and development labs.

Network sites for the BACKEND logical network:

Name Subnet VLAN
BACKEND - Seattle 7
BACKEND – New York 12

IP address pool:

  • Name: BACKEND - Seattle IP pool

  • Description: IP addresses for internal application and database servers - Seattle

  • Begin IP address:

  • End IP address:

  • Reserved range for virtual IP addresses associated with load balancers: –

  • Default gateway:

  • DNS server:

  • WINS server:

MAC address pool:

  • Name: MAC pool - Seattle

  • Starting address: 00:1D:D8:B7:1C:00

  • Ending address: 00:1D:D8:B7:1F:E8

Load balancer:

  • Name:

  • VIP template: Web tier (HTTPS traffic)


Storage classifications:

Name Description
GOLD Storage pool based on solid-state drives (SSDs) that delivers high performance for I/O intensive applications
SILVER Fibre Channel Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage (RAID 5)
BRONZE iSCSI Serial ATA (SATA) storage (RAID 5)

See Also

Creating Host Groups in VMM
Configuring the VMM Library
Configuring Networking in VMM
Configuring Storage in VMM