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Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions Keith is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 27 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Configure Private Cloud VM Compute Fabric with System Center 2012 SP1 VMM

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To be effective, Private Clouds need to embrace the virtualization technologies that you have currently deployed in your datacenter and permit you to manage them as a single compute fabric, rather than getting locked in to separately managing silos of virtualization technologies.

Don’t get me wrong … Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 certainly offer tremendous cost-effective enterprise scale benefits when it comes time to expand the virtualization capacity in your datacenter. BUT … System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager allows you to deliver a Private Cloud TODAY by deploying and managing VMs on existing virtualization hosts, whether those hosts are running Hyper-V, VMware 4.1 / 5.1 and/or Citrix XenServer 6.0 / 6.1 - all from a single point of Private Cloud management!

In the video below, Yung Chou and I show how to configure a Private Cloud compute fabric in System Center 2012 SP1 VMM.  Join us as we step through the process of adding and configuring hosts, clusters, and host resources across Hyper-V, VMware and Citrix XenServer to provide a unified compute fabric that you can consistently scale and manage across your datacenter.

Configure VM Compute Fabric in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager


Specific topics in this session include:

  • [ 01:30 ] Recap: Building a Private Cloud
  • [ 04:15 ] Configuring the Compute Fabric in Virtual Machine Manager
  • [ 09:22 ] DEMO: Adding Hosts & Clusters in VMM – Windows Server
  • [ 18:40 ] DEMO: Bare Metal Deployment – Hyper-V Hosts Only
  • [ 27:40 ] DEMO: Adding Hosts & Clusters in VMM – Citrix XenServer and VMware vCenter
  • [ 31:46 ] DEMO: How to Manage Host Resources

What’s Next?

After reviewing this video, get prepared to explore the Private Cloud management capabilities of System Center 2012 for yourself in this series with these downloadable resources:

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