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  • A complete library to centrally manage all the building blocks of the virtual data

center. For detailed guidance on how to get started installing and configuring System

Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 please go to: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/vmm/default.aspx

SCVMM 2008 R2 Self-Service Portal 2.0

Using the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0, enterprise datacenters can provide infrastructure-as- a-Service to business units within the enterprise. The self-service portal provides a way for groups within an organization to manage their own IT needs while the centralized infrastructure organization manages a pool of physical resources (servers, networks, and related hardware).

The self-service portal has four components:

  • VMSSP website. A Web-based component that provides a user interface to the self-service portal. Through the VMMSSP website, infrastructure administrators can perform various tasks such as pooling infrastructure assets in the self-service portal, extending virtual machine actions, creating business unit and infrastructure requests, validating and approving requests, and provisioning virtual machines (using the self-service virtual machine provisioning feature). Administrators can also use the VMMSSP website to view information related to these tasks.

  • VMMSSP database. A SQL Server database that stores information about configured assets, information related to business units and requests, and information about what has been provisioned to various business units. The database also stores the XML that encodes default and customized virtual machine actions and other information related to the configuration of the self-service portal.

  • VMMSSP server. A Windows service that runs default and customized virtual machine actions that the user requests through the VMMSSP website.

  • Reporting Dashboard. A reporting service built on Windows SharePoint Services

3.0 SP2. The Dashboard provides ‗out-of-box‘ reports and the ability to quickly produce custom reports.

Business units that enroll in the self-service portal system can use the portal to do the following:

  • Use standardized forms to request new infrastructures or changes to infrastructure components. Each business unit can submit requests to the infrastructure administrator. The standardized forms ensure that the infrastructure administrator has all of the information needed to fulfill the

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