Preparing to Create Services 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

Before you begin creating service templates to be used to deploy services in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), you should review and document all the elements that make up the service that you want to deploy. For example:

  • What computers (physical and virtual) need to be deployed to support the service?

  • What applications need to be deployed?

  • What networking components are used?

  • Who will use the service?

You also need to ensure that the VMM resources needed to deploy the service have been created, configured, and are available. For example:

Task For more information
VMM library resources (such as virtual hard disks) Configuring the VMM Library
Networking components (such as logical networks and load balancers) Configuring Networking in VMM
Virtual machine hosts and host groups Creating Host Groups in VMM

 Adding and Managing Hyper-V Hosts and Scale-Out File Servers in VMM

 Managing VMware ESX and Citrix XenServer in VMM
Private clouds Creating a Private Cloud in VMM Overview
Hardware profiles, guest operating system profiles, application profiles, and SQL Server profiles Creating Profiles and Templates in VMM
Virtual machine templates How to Create a Virtual Machine Template
Monitoring and reporting Configuring Operations Manager Integration with VMM
  • If you plan to install applications, ensure that you have all the necessary installation files, scripts, and configuration information available for the applications.

  • If you are using Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V), ensure that you have sequenced the applications.

  • If you plan to deploy an instance of SQL Server on to a virtual machine, ensure that you have a virtual hard drive that contains a sysprepped version (prepared instance) of Microsoft SQL Server. For information about supported versions of Microsoft SQL Server, see How to Create a SQL Server Profile in a Service Deployment.

See Also

Test Lab Guide for Creating a Service in VMM