Adding Hyper-V hosts to VMM 2012 SP1

I’ve recently started working with Hyper-V 2012 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager SP1 beta. Since VMM SP1 is beta, this is all work in my lab so that I can better familiarize myself with Microsoft’s tools and how they compare and contract with VMware’s.

One of the first tasks is to add Hyper-V 2012 hosts to VMM 2012 SP1. For vSphere administrators, this is akin to adding individual vSphere hosts to vCenter… except it’s not quite as simple as adding a vSphere host to vCenter is. That’s not to say that it’s difficult, but it’s a little rough around the edges compare to VMware.

For this post, I’m making the assumption that your Hyper-V 2012 servers are joined to a Windows domain.

To get started, open VMM, right-click All Hosts, and choose Add Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters.

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When the Add Resource Wizard window opens, choose the Windows Server computers in a trusted Active Directory Domain option as shown below.

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You’ll need to provide credentials for a user account with rights to manage the Hyper-V host (or hosts).

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Next, provide the names of the Hyper-V hosts that you want to add to VMM’s umbrella.

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VMM will ensure that the systems that you specified actually exist. Select the systems you’d like to add and then click Next.

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On the Host Settings page, just click Next.

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When the Summary page appears, click Finish.

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When you’re done, you will see that the servers have been successfully added and their aggregated resources are now available in VMM.

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