How to Install a VMM Management Server on an Additional Node of a Cluster


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

You can use the following procedure to install a highly available Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) management server on an additional node of a failover cluster. For installing on the first node of a cluster, see How to Install a Highly Available VMM Management Server.


If there is a problem with setup completing successfully, consult the log files in the %SYSTEMDRIVE%\ProgramData\VMMLogs folder. ProgramData folder is a hidden folder.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the computer that you are configuring is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To install a highly available VMM management server on an additional node of a cluster

  1. On an additional node of your cluster, start the Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Setup Wizard. To start the wizard, on your installation media, right-click setup.exe, and then click Run as administrator.


    Before beginning the installation of VMM, close any open programs and ensure that there are no pending restarts on the computer. For example, if you have installed a server role by using Server Manager or have applied a security update, you may need to restart the computer and then log on to the computer with the same user account to finish the installation of the server role or the security update.

  2. On the main setup page, click Install.

  3. On the Select features to install page, select the VMM management server check box. The VMM console is automatically installed when you install a VMM management server.

    We recommend that you do not install the VMM Self-Service Portal on the same highly available server as the VMM management server. For more about installing the Self-Service Portal, see Installing and Opening the VMM Self-Service Portal.


    As of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the VMM Self-Service Portal has been removed.

  4. When you are prompted whether you want to add this VMM management server to the existing highly VMM management server installation, click Yes.

  5. On the Select features to install page, click Next.

  6. On the Product registration information page, provide the appropriate information, and then click Next. If you do not enter a product key, VMM will be installed as an evaluation version that expires in 180 days after installation.

  7. On the Please read this license agreement page, review the license agreement, select the I have read, understood, and agree with the terms of the license agreement check box, and then click Next.

  8. On the Join the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) page, select either option and then click Next.

  9. On the Microsoft Update page, select whether or not you want to use Microsoft Update, and then click Next.


    If you have previously chosen to use Microsoft Update on this computer, the Microsoft Update page does not appear.

  10. On the Installation location page, use the default path or type a different installation path for the VMM program files, and then click Next.

    The computer on which you are installing the highly available VMM management server will be checked to ensure that the appropriate hardware and software requirements are met. If a prerequisite is not met, a page will appear with information about which prerequisite has not been met and how to resolve the issue. If all prerequisites have been met, the Database configuration page will appear.

    For information about hardware and software requirements for VMM, see System Requirements: VMM Management Server in System Center 2012 and in System Center 2012 SP1 or see System Requirements for System Center 2012 R2.

  11. On the Database configuration page, the database server is displayed as a read-only value in the Server name text box. If the account you are using does not have permissions for that database, select Use the following credentials, and then type credentials for the database. Click Next to continue.

  12. On the Configure service account and distributed key management page, provide the password of the domain account that will be used by the Virtual Machine Manager service.

  13. On the Port configuration page, click Next.

  14. On the Library configuration page, click Next.

  15. On the Installation summary page, review your selections and do one of the following:

    • Click Previous to change any selections.

    • Click Install to install the highly available VMM management server.

    After you click Install, the Installing features page appears and installation progress is displayed.

  16. On the Setup completed successfully page, click Close to finish the installation.

    To open the VMM console, ensure that the Open the VMM console when this wizard closes check box is selected.

    For information about connecting to a highly available VMM management server by using the VMM console, see How to Connect to a Highly Available VMM Management Server by Using the VMM Console.