This topic provides an overview of required and optional configuration tasks for Virtual Machine Manager, with links to the procedures for performing them in the VMM Administrator Console.

Required Configuration Tasks

To get started using Virtual Machine Manager, you need to perform the following configurations.

Task Description


Add VMM administrators

All local administrators on the VMM server have full administrator rights in Virtual Machine Manager. In VMM 2008, you also can create Delegated Administrator user roles to give others in your organization full administrative rights on specified host groups and library servers.


Add virtual machine hosts

Until you add a virtual machine host to be managed by Virtual Machine Manager, many views and actions in the VMM Administrator Console are not available.


Create host groups

Use host groups to organize your hosts based on your organization’s needs. Host groups also determine which hosts are available during automatic placement for virtual machine self-service, during Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO), and during drag-and-drop migrations to a host group.


Configure the Virtual Machine Manager library

All files that you use to create virtual machines and templates, including scripts, ISO images, and virtual hard disks, must be catalogued in the Virtual Machine Manager library. This is done by adding library servers and designating library shares on those servers. If you store your Windows PowerShell scripts on a library share, you can view and run them in Library view.

  1. Add library servers

  2. Add library shares

Optional Configuration Tasks

To take full advantage of the capabilities of Virtual Machine Manager, perform the following tasks.

Optional Configuration Tasks for Virtual Machine Manager 2008

Task Description


Create virtual machine templates, hardware profiles, and guest operating system profiles to provide standard configurations when creating virtual machines.


Configure Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO)

Based on performance and health data provided by PRO-enabled management packs in System Center Operations Manager 2007, Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) can automatically or manually implement PRO tips, which are recommendations for minimizing downtime and accelerating time to resolution.

After you identify your Operations Manager 2007 root management server, enable PRO for each host group and host cluster that you want to participate by specifying the severity levels of PRO tips to receive and to automatically implement.


Set up reporting

To display Reporting view and use reports in the VMM Administrator Console, you must set up a reporting server in System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1, deploy the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Management Pack, and be added to the Report Operator user role in Operations Manager.


Set up virtual machine self-service

Allow users to create and manage their own virtual machines within a controlled environment by using the VMM Self-Service Portal.


Configure system-wide settings for Virtual Machine Manager

Configure a variety of system-wide settings for Virtual Machine Manager. Join or withdraw from the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). Get information about the VMM database. Set the refresh interval for library refreshes. Customize placement options for host ratings. Specify the ports to use to connect to virtual machines from VMM, and optionally add access accounts for Virtual Machine Remote Control (VMRC). Specify the administrative contact for self-service users. Set a global static MAC address range for auto assignment to virtual network devices. Identify your Operations Manager root management server and reporting server. Enable PRO for networking and other features that affect the entire virtualized environment.


Configure VMM to manage a VMware Infrastructure 3 environment

To manage your VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) environment in VMM, add the VMware VirtualCenter server to VMM, configure security for the VMware ESX Server hosts, and then import your VMware templates to the VMM library so that you can use them in VMM.

See Also

For the most up-to-date Help information, go to the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Help Online. To find additional Virtual Machine Manager 2008 documentation, go to the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 TechCenter Library.