Thursday, 11 February 2016

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 - SCVMM Console Overview - Part 4

Hello Everyone,

In this post I will explain about SCVMM Console Overview. I will try to explain almost all features in the console. After that we will proceed for other features with practical steps.

To see SCVMM Overview, Click Here!

To see SCVMM Prerequisites and Installation Process, Click Here!

To see Post Installation Configurations, Click Here!

Let's start with SCVMM Console Overview...!!!


SCVMM Console Overview:

Below is the console for SCVMM:


There are five tabs in SCVMM:
  • VMs and Services
  • Fabric
  • Library
  • Job
  • Settings
Let understand each Tab Roles with screenshots one by one.

VMs and Services:


Tenants: These are the Cloud User Roles which subscription ID. When You configure SCVMM with Cloud Portal then You have to create Tenants from Admin Portal which get created in SCVMM with unique Subscription ID. You can see that Tenant User Role here with it's properties.

Cloud: When You create cloud here then that will be visible in Cloud Portal at Admin Site. Whatever resource You allocate this it will be visible to Tenant Portal. 

VM Networks: When create Logical Network then You have to create VM Network. That VM Network is visible here. This VM Network with IP details is tagged to Hyper-V hosts added and to the Cloud You create  in SCVMM Console.   

Storage: In this, You will see storage of all VMs like C or D or E drives with path, space available, type etc:

All Hosts: This is the default group where You can add all Hyper-V Hosts or You can create separate Folder and separate hyper-v clusters based on category like Web Cluster, Database Cluster or any other application cluster. You can also add VMWare or Citrix Servers in separate Groups.

When You click on All Host group then You can see total number of VMs in all hosts with their status.


When You click on Overview then You will see console view for all Servers with total number of resources available and Performance View:


You can create Virtual Machine or Convert Virtual machine from here as well as shown below:


When You right click on VM then You see below option which You can perform from single console:


Note: You can create VM Template from existing VM only when it is shut-down. There are some options which You can work when VM is in OFF State.

You can also connect to VM via RDP, Console or via networking:


You can view VM Properties:



Fabric:

In Fabric, You can view Servers status, configure network, create profiles etc.

Server: In Server Tab, You can view All Server status. 

Below are the options which You can perform:
  • Connect via RDP
  • Check Properties.
  • Refresh Server or VMs
  • Restart the Server
  • Run any script
  • Can start/stop maintenance mode
  • View Networking
  • Can remove cluster node

Infrastructure: In this you can view status for Library Server, PXE Server, VMM Server, vCenter Server or any update Server:


Networking: Here You configure network for VM Deployments or for Service Templates. I will explain them in more details in next posts with configuration steps:


Storage: In this You can configure and manage storage like file server, fibre channel fabric or providers:


Library:

Templates: You can create VM Templates using resources in library and then can deploy multiple VMs through single template at same time thereby reducing manual efforts for preparing any application servers. This helps in reducing time and manual efforts for creating virtual servers.

You can also create service templates which contain pre-configured services which can be deployed and will be ready to use. Also You can use Service Template for scale-out functionality which is very useful feature of SCVMM. This helps in scaling up VMs when loads on existing VM increase. Later in my next posts I will explain in details with practical steps.


Profiles: Here You can create profiles like OS Profile, Hardware profile, Application profile which You can use in templates for deployments:


Library Server: There are multiple options to create library server which I will explain in my next posts. Library Server is just a shared location path where You keep resources like syspre VHDs for windows, linux which are further used for creating VM Templates:


Jobs:

In this You can monitor each activity with status like completed or failed. If failed then SCVMM Helps You to provide Event ID and resolution which helps You identify and troubleshooting issue very fast. You can view history with custom dates as well:


Settings:

General: You can view or edit below settings as per your requirements by clicking on properties of each settings:


Security:
In Security You have to options:
  • User Role: This contains all tenants users details with subscription ID which are created from Cloud Portal. You can also create User Role based on roles You want to provide to particular user. This works like somewhat RBAC features as well.
  • Run as accounts: This contains all Run as accounts details which are used for different purposes like adding/removing servers, creating templates etc.


Configuration Providers:
These are default providers of SCVMM:


System Center Settings:
This is used to configure PRO-Tips for getting Host/VM/Capacity utilisation reports in SCOM. This helps in integrating SCVMM with SCOM for gettings reports:


Console Add-ins: You can add any add-ins to SCVMM console.

This is all about SCVMM Console Overview.

In My next posts, I will explain other functionalities with practical steps in details like how to create library server, VM Templates, Service Templates, Profiles etc.

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