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lends itself to the central management of the entire virtual environment. However, having more than one System Center Virtual Machine Manager server can be beneficial in the following situations:

  • When the development and test environments are managed separately from the production virtual environment

  • When the virtual environments growsor is planned to growbeyond the supported maximum of 400 hosts and 8,000 virtual machines

If business needs dictate that more than one System Center Virtual Machine Manager server should be installed, the following points should be considered:

  • Each System Center Virtual Machine Manager server must be installed on a separate computer and have a separate System Center Virtual Machine Manager database.

  • The movement of files from one System Center Virtual Machine Manager deployment to another is not supported.

Supported Number of Hosts and Virtual Machines The maximum number of hosts and virtual machines tested with and supported

by System Center Virtual Machine Manager on the largest recommended hardware configuration is 400 hosts and 8,000 virtual machines. These are practical rather than hard-coded limitations; this number may be revised up or down depending on customer or fault tolerance requirements.

The number of virtual machines that can be run on a host is primarily limited by the configuration of the host and virtual machines.

Network Considerations From a networking perspective, the key things to consider for System Center

Virtual Machine Manager are:

  • Connectivity

  • Bandwidth

  • Network traffic

Connectivity Ensure that any firewalls that exist do not block the necessary communications

among System Center Virtual Machine Manager components.

When System Center Virtual Machine Manager is installed, the ports that the System Center Virtual Machine Manager server uses for agent communication and file transfer between hosts and library servers are specified. By default, those

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