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About Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO)

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO), a feature of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), ties specific alerts from System Center Operations Manager 2007 to remediation actions in VMM. For example, a customer might perform load-balancing of virtual machines between physical hosts when specific thresholds are exceeded, such as transactions per second, CPU utilization, e-mail message delivery SLA, and so on. Alternatively, a customer might want to migrate virtual machines when a hardware failure is detected (for example, a fan failure).

VMM 2008 requires Operations Manager 2007 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). VMM 2008 R2 requires either Operations Manager 2007 SP1 or Operations Manager 2007 R2.

PRO uses the management pack infrastructure of Operations Manager. When a PRO monitor in a PRO-enabled management pack identifies an opportunity for optimization, a PRO tip is generated in VMM. The PRO tip can include a remediation script that is to be run in VMM. A VMM administrator can manually approve and implement PRO tips, or the VMM administrator can configure PRO to automatically implement PRO tips.

Use the PRO Tips window to view active PRO tips for the host groups that you administer. To ensure a consistent monitoring experience, the Operations console for Operations Manager also displays the corresponding alerts.

The VMM 2008 Management Pack, included in the program files for VMM 2008, provides a basic set of PRO monitors that detect situations in which migrating virtual machines or changing a virtual machine configuration can optimize the performance of a host or a virtual machine. The management pack was updated for VMM 2008 R2; customers of VMM 2008 R2 should import the VMM 2008 R2 Management Pack, which is also downloaded with the program files.

Before you can enable PRO, you must integrate Operations Manager with VMM. For more information, see Configuring Operations Manager Integration with VMM (


For the most current information about PRO, see About PRO ( in the VMM TechCenter Library.

See Also


How to Monitor and Implement PRO Tips

Other Resources

Enabling PRO in VMM
Customizing PRO
Troubleshooting Operations Manager, PRO, and Reporting Issues in VMM
VMM 2008 FAQs