How to Install SCVMM 2012 R2 on Window Server 2012 R2

Steps to Install SCVMM 2012 R2

SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager) is a tool used developed by Microsoft to manage and deploy Virtual machines hosted on Hyper V, VMWare ESXi or Citrix XenServer. In this post we’ll learn the steps to install SCVMM and manage machines using SCVMM. It is also used to manage multiple host in our environment and deploy Virtual Machines. SCVMM can also be used to deploy private cloud in your environment. It can act as a single tool to manage all your hypervisors.

If you are using Hyper V then you can even download the VHD from http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=40843. However you can download an installer from the link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-2012-sp1. Windows Deployment Kit is a pre-requisite to install SCVMM, you can download the same from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982.

Installation of SCVMM 2012 R2 (System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2) would be done in two phases. In the first phase we’ll install all the pre-requisites required to install SCVMM 2012 R2. In the second phase we’ll install SCVMM 2012 R2 on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Install SCVMM 2012 R2 pre-requisites

We have assumed three Windows Server 2012 R2 servers in our environment. First server is DC01, it would act as a Domain Controller. Second server is VMM01, this would act as a System Center Virtual Machine Manager Server. Third server is HV01, this server would act as a Hyper V server. We would manage HV01 from VMM01 Server. We have added HV01 and VMM01 in the domain.

1. On the Windows Server 2012 R2 server install the Windows Deployment Kit. Run the installer “ADKSETUP”

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2. To install SCVMM 2012 R2, specify the installation path. Default location of installation path program files.

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3. If you want to join user experience improvement program then click on yes else click on no.

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4. Read the license agreement and if you agree select “Accept” and click on next.

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5. Select the features that we need to install i.e. “Application Compatibility Toolkit, Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment”. You can even select SQL Express Server, if you don’t have SQL Server in your environment. We have SQL Server in our environment therefore we’ll not install SQL Server Express. Click on Install to begin the pre-requisite installation.

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6. Once the installation is completed successfully, click on close to close the wizard. In the next phase we’ll start with the steps of installing SCVMM 2012 R2.

Install SCVMM 2012 R2 on Windows Server 2012 R2

1. To install SCVMM extract the SCVMM files. Double click on “SC2012_R2_SCVMM”. Click on next, define the path of folder to extract the files, click on extract to begin the extraction of files.
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2. Open the folder in which all the files are extract and run the setup file to install SCVMM.

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3. To install System Center Virtual Machine manager click on Install.

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4. To install SCVMM 2012 R2, select “VMM management server” and “VMM console”. Click on Next.

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5. Specify product registration information like Name, Organization and Product Key. If you don’t specify Product Key then evaluation version would be installed.

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6. Read the license agreement, check the option “I have read, understood and agree with the terms of license agreement” and click on next.

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7. Select “Yes”, if you wish to participate in the “Customer Experience Improvement Program” else select No. Please take a note that Microsoft would collect information about your software and hardware configuration if you select “Yes”.

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8. If you wish to automatically update your environment then select “On” else select “Off”. For our lab we don’t want automatically updated to be deployed therefore we’ll select “Off”.

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9. To install SCVMM, specify the location of Virtual Machine Manager installation files. Click on Next.

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10. This windows will show if all the pre-requisites are successfully deployed or not. Installation of SCVMM would be interrupted if all the pre-requisites are not installed. However we can install SCVMM in case of any warnings.

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11. To install SCVMM, database server is required. We have already installed SQL Server 2008 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2 and named it DB01.
12. To install SCVMM 2012 R2, click on browse and type the name of SQL Server. In this practical, DB01 is our Database server. It would automatically pick the information of “Instance Name” and new database name. However, you can change the name of database server. Specify the Domain credentials and password. Click on next to continue.

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13. Specify the information of service account. TU1 is our service account. Please ensure that service account should be local administrator. For this practical TU1 is a member of “Domain Admins”.

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14. This window would show all the ports information. We are not changing any of them, click on next to continue.

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15. To install SCVMM, specify the name of new library share and description.

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16. Review the installation summary, in case of any changes click on previous and do the changes else click on next to install SCVMM on Windows Server 2012 R2.

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17. Once the installation of SCVMM is successfully completed, a new icon of Virtual Machine Manager would be created on the desktop. Close the console.

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18. Open Virtual Machine Manager console and click on connect. This would open System Center Virtual Machine Manager console.

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