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requests without needing to repeatedly contact the business unit for details.

  • Create and manage virtual machines. The VMMSSP website includes self- service provisioning forms that business units can use to create virtual machines. When a business unit submits a request to create virtual machines, the self-service portal starts an automated provisioning process creates the virtual machines more quickly and efficiently than a manual process.

  • Delegate the details of virtual machine management. Each business unit can designate its own administrators, advanced operators, and users.

Infrastructure administrators can use the self-service portal to do the following:

  • Extend the default virtual machine actions to fit your datacenter. You can work with technology partners and hardware vendors to modify the standard ―actions‖ that the self-service portal uses to create and manage virtual machines. In this way, you can extend the self-service portal to use specific storage area networks (SANs), load balancers, and so forth.

  • Simplify the process of enrolling business units and defining their needs. The self-service portal collects information about a business unit and about the resources they want to set up.

  • Simplify the process of validating and provisioning resources for business units. Datacenter administrators can use the self-service portal to assign resources based on business unit requests.

  • Control the change process for these resources. Changes to resources follow a request-and-approve life cycle, and the requests remain on record in the database.


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 makes a number of features and functionality possible. However, this document is scoped to only include using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 with stand-alone Hyper- V hosts as a basis for managing the automated provisioning of the virtual machines on these hosts with the Self-Service Portal v2.0. The document further includes server consolidation using physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual methods.

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager is designed to take advantage of the latest features and benefits found in the Windows® Server and Microsoft® System Center Family. With this in mind System Center Virtual Machine Manager will only install on Windows Server® 2008 or Windows Server® 2008 R2 and will be installed using Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 to accommodate the SSP 2.0 requirements.

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