This post will go over how to easily install Virtual Machine Manager. There are may things that can get quite frustrating when you try to install VMM. This post will be using a machine that is a Windows 2008R2 machine and we will be installing VMM 2008R2. I do recommend that you do learn why you may or may not choose certain options like SQL vs SQL Express.
I have partitioned the Machine’s drive into a smaller system drive and much larger data drive that will house the VMM library data. I also make sure that the server has at least 2GB of ram. If you don’t the install will squawk at you but allow you to still install things. I also wanted to tell you I am installing this on a DC. Microsoft doesn’t like you installing this on a DC especially if you are wanting a self service portal. You’ve been warned.
You are going to need to download and install a few pieces of software (don’t run them just yet):
- Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer (this is needed by the SCVMM Configuration Analyzer)
- System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, 2008 R2, and 2008 R2 SP1 Configuration Analyzer
Install IIS on the server
Open Server Manager and right click Roles. Click “Add Roles”.
Make sure IIS is checked off. Click Next.
Ensure that these additional IIS items are all checked off and hit Next and Install:
- Static Content
- Default Document
- Directory Browsing
- HTTP Errors
- .NET Extensibility
- ISAPI Extensions
- ISAPI Filters
- Request Filtering
- IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
- IIS 6 WMI Compatibility
You should restart your machine since you just installed a feature. Once you have done this your machine should validate and everything should go very smoothly. To validate your machine run the VMM configuration Analyzer. This should now be in your start menu since you installed it in the previous steps.
If you followed my instructions you should see something like this:
Run setup on the VMM Disk
The install is easy. When it asks where to install the files I switched it from C: to E:
When it asks about SQL server I am just going to us SQL Express.
Specify a Share. Again I am moving things to E:
The rest of the install I just selected the defaults. Once it is finished updating I recommend that you run the machine through Windows Update and make sure everything is all patched and up to date.
You will most likely want to install the VMM Administrator Console. You can do this by running it off the setup program of VMM.
The install of the VMM Administrator Console is very simple. It’s your typical Next, Next, Next install. It will ask where you want to install it and what ports you want it to run on. I told it to install to the E: and I kept the ports the set to the default numbers.
Hope this helped you get VMM up and running a bit faster.