Microsoft Solution Accelerators
OVERVIEW OF COMPONENTS
Microsoft Windows Server ® 2008 R2 with Hyper-V™
The host servers are one of the critical components of a dynamic, virtual infrastructure. The host servers, running Windows Server® 2008 R2 with Hyper- V™ technology, provide the foundation for running virtual machine guests and also provide the management interface between the guests and Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
A detailed host server design and sizing methodology is described and a set of reference server architectures is presented. The reference server architectures are intended to be a starting point for the design process and provide a foundation for documenting the final design.
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System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
The primary tool for managing the virtual infrastructure will be System Center Virtual Machine Manager. System Center Virtual Machine Manager can scale across a wide range of virtual environments, ranging from a single server for smaller environments to a fully distributed enterprise environment that manages hundreds of hosts running thousands of virtual machines.
Virtual Machine Manager delivers the following key features:
Designed for managing virtual machines running on Windows Server® 2008 Hyper–V™ and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.
Virtualization support for virtual machines running on Microsoft Virtual Server and VMware ESX.
End-to-end support for consolidating physical servers onto a virtual infrastructure.
Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) for dynamic and responsive management of virtual infrastructure (requires System Center Operations Manager).
Intelligent Placement of virtual workloads on the best-suited physical host servers.