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How to Enable PRO Tips 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

Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) supports Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO). To implement PRO, you need to establish a connection with a root management server (System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2) or a management server in the management group (as of System Center 2012 – Operations Manager), as detailed in How to Connect VMM with Operations Manager, and then enable PRO.


Starting with VMM in System Center 2012, Dynamic Optimization replaced the host load balancing that is performed for PRO by the PRO CPU Utilization and PRO Memory Utilization monitors in VMM 2008 R2. As part of Dynamic Optimization, VMM includes default PRO monitors for dynamic memory, to monitor virtual machine dynamic memory allocation issues and maximum virtual machine memory aggregations on Hyper-V hosts. For more information, see Configuring Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization in VMM and the VMM Management Pack documentation.

You can enable PRO when you first establish the connection with Operations Manager or use this procedure to enable it later.

Account requirements You must be a member of the Administrator user role to set up and modify the connection to an Operations Manager server.

To enable Performance and Resource Optimization

  1. In the VMM console, open the Settings workspace.

  2. In the Settings pane, click System Center Settings, and then click Operations Manager Server.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties.

  4. In the Details page, under Connection Settings, select Enable Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO), and then click OK.

If you have an Operations Manager agent installed on the VMM management server, as recommended, you can test whether PRO Tips are working by clicking Test PRO in the Operations Manager Settings dialog box. Check on the result of your test PRO Tip either in the Jobs workspace in the VMM console or in the Operations console in Operations Manager.


Allow up to ten minutes before using Test PRO.