OverviewContinuing the adventure of trying to get the Virtual Machine Cloud working with the Azure Pack, we need to install Virtual Machine Manager for System Center 2012 R2. This post will lead us through the process of installing the prereequisites and then Virtual Machine Manager itself.
Other posts in the series are:
- Part 1 - Installing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview
- Part 2 - Installing Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit 8.1 Preview
- Part 3 - Installing Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2
- Part 4 - Installing Service Provider Foundation 2012 R2
- Part 5 - Registering Service Provider Foundation with Windows Azure Pack
- Part 6 - Installing System Management Automation
- Part 7 - Register Service Management Automation with Windows Azure Pack
DownloadingService Center 2012 R2 is currently available as a free 180 day trial from the TechNet Evaluation Center. Once you've registered and downloaded the payload you'll have a set of *.exe files which unpack individual parts of Service Center 2012 R2. Run "SC2012_R2_PREVIEW_SCVMM.exe" and specify a folder to unpack to.
Configure SQL Server InstanceFor the sake of seeing what databases get created where, we're going to run each separate component of the environment in a separate database instance on our SQL Server. The first thing we'll do to is create a new database instance for Virtual Machine Manager.
To do this, get a remote desktop session to the SQL Server (VASQL01.va.local in this case) and run the SQL Server 2012 setup program again. At the SQL Server Installation Center dialog, click "Installation" and then "New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add featires to an existing installation". Step through the wizard as per normal, selecting the following options on the appropriate dialogs:
- Installation Type - select "Perform a new installation of SQL Server 2012"
- Feature Selection - check "Database Engine Services"
- Instance Configuration - specify the named instance as "VAVMMDB"
- Database Engine ConfigurationI - select "Mixed Mode" authentication, specify an sa password, and add Domain Admins to the SQL Server administrator list.
$key = "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.VAVMMDB\MSSQLServer\SuperSocketNetLib\Tcp\IPAll" Set-ItemProperty -Path $key -Name "TcpDynamicPorts" -Value "" Set-ItemProperty -Path $key -Name "TcpPort" -Value "1435" New-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName "VASQL01\VAVMMDB Database Engine" -Direction Inbound -Protocol TCP -LocalPort 1435 -Action Allow Restart-Service "MSSQL`$VAVMMDB"
Virtual Machine ConfigurationVirtual Machine Manager requires at least 4000Mb of RAM allocated to the host machine in order to install, and the installer will refuse to install if you have below this threshold, so make sure your VM has at least that much RAM before you start.
Windows Server 2012 R2Service Center 2012 R2 requires Windows Server 2012 R2, which you can find instructions for in a previous post - Installing Windows Server 2012 R2. Once we've got the base virtual machine installed, run the following scripts to rename the computer and join to the domain:
Rename-Computer "VASCM01" Restart-Computer
New-NetIPAddress -IPAddress 192.168.100.175 -InterfaceAlias "Ethernet" -DefaultGateway 192.168.100.254 -AddressFamily IPv4 -PrefixLength 24 Set-DnsClientServerAddress -InterfaceAlias "Ethernet" -ServerAddresses @("192.168.100.170", "126.96.36.199") $username = "VA\Administrator" $password = "myPassword" $passwordSecure = ConvertTo-SecureString $password -AsPlainText -Force $credential = new-object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential($username, $passwordSecure) Add-Computer -DomainName "va.local" -Credential $credential Restart-Computer
Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit
See the Installing Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit 8.1 Preview post for details of how to download and install the ADK.
SQL Server UtilitiesTo install the SQL Server Command Line Utilities for SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2012. This is part of the SQL Server 2012 Feature Pack and can be downloaded from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink?linkid=253555.
To find the links, expand the "Install Instructions" section of the page and scroll down to the "Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Command Line Utilities" link. Note: You'll also need to download and install the "Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Native Client" as a prerequisite to the command line utilities. To install them, use the following commands:
md c:\logs set msiexec=%SystemRoot%\System32\msiexec.exe set downloads=\\nas1\downloads\Microsoft\Server Software\SQL Server 2012 Feature Pack\x64 "%msiexec%" /i "%downloads%\sqlncli.msi" /norestart /passive /l*v "c:\logs\sqlncli.log" IACCEPTSQLNCLILICENSETERMS=YES "%msiexec%" /i "%downloads%\SqlCmdLnUtils.msi" /norestart /passive /l*v "c:\logs\SqlCmdLnUtils.log" shutdown /r /t0
Domain ObjectsFinally, we'll also need to run a couple of scripts to create a domain account for the Virtual Machine Manager service and an Active Directory container to store encryption keys:
Import-Module ServerManager Add-WindowsFeature -Name "RSAT-AD-PowerShell" New-ADUser -Name "VMM Service" -SamAccountName "VMMService" -DisplayName "VMM Service Account" -Enabled $true -ChangePasswordAtLogon $false -AccountPassword (ConvertTo-SecureString "mypassword" -AsPlainText -force) -PasswordNeverExpires $true $admins = [ADSI]"WinNT://./Administrators,group" $admins.Psbase.Invoke("Add",([ADSI]"WinNT://VA/VMMService").Path) New-ADOrganizationalUnit -Name "Encryption Keys"
Virtual Machine Manager
The full warning on the final wizard page reads as follows:
The Service Principal Name (SPN) could not be registered in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) for the VMM management server.
1) Use setspn.exe to create SPN for vmmserver using following command "C:\Windows\system32\setspn.exe -S SCVMM/VASCM01.va.local va\VMMService".
2) Add SPN values to following registry key "Software\Microsoft\Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Server\Setup\VmmServicePrincipalNames".
3) Run "C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Virtual Machine Manager\setup\ConfigureSCPTool.exe -install" to configure SCP.
If SPN and SCP are not registered, VMM consoles on other computers will not be able to connect to this VMM management server and deploying a Hyper-V host to a bare-metal computer will not work.
Running Virtual Machine ManagerTo start Virtual Machine Manager, click the Start button (which is back in Windows Server 2012 R2), click the white "down arrow", and then click "Virtual Machine Manager Console" under the "Microsoft System Center 2012 R2" section.
To make it quicker to launch in future, you can also right-click Virtual Machine Manager Console and click the "Pin to Start" icon or "Pin to taskbar" icon.
We still don't have any resources to add to Virtual Machine Manager - that's coming a bit later. The next step will be to install Service Center 2012 R2 Service Provider Foundation, which we'll do in th enext post.