System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 – Evaluation VHD Software

    This download consists of five files that you extract into a single pre-configured VHD file. This VHD enables you to create a virtual machine to evaluate Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.
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      2008 R2

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      Deploying VMM 2008 R2 Using a VHD.doc





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        System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 is a comprehensive management solution for the virtualized data center. It enables increased physical server utilization, centralized management of virtual machine infrastructure, and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines by the administrator, delegated administrator, and authorized end users.

        VMM 2008 R2 can manage all of the virtualization platforms that can be managed by VMM 2008 and adds support for Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V.

        Windows Server 2008 R2 includes significant feature improvements to Hyper-V. VMM 2008 R2 leverages these new platform enhancements and extends the feature set of VMM 2008.

        Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Host Management
        • With VMM 2008 R2, you can create and manage virtual machines on a host that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V. When you add a host that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 that does not have Hyper-V enabled, VMM 2008 R2 automatically enables the Hyper-V role on the host.
        • VMM 2008 R2 supports the following new features of Windows Server 2008 R2:
          • Live migration between Windows Server 2008 R2 clustered hosts. With live migration, you can migrate a virtual machine from one node of a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster to another node in the same cluster without any downtime. Because the virtual machine does not experience any downtime, the move is completely transparent to the users that are connected to the virtual machine.
          • Network optimization detection during virtual machine placement. VMM 2008 R2 supports both Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) and TCP Chimney Offload, which are Windows Server 2008 R2 features that improve network performance for virtual machines.
          • Network adapters that support the VMQ feature are able to create a unique network queue for each virtual network adapter and then connect that queue directly to the virtual machine’s memory. This connection routes packets directly from the hypervisor to the virtual machine, bypassing much of the processing in the virtualization stack.
          • Network adapters that support the TCP Chimney Offload feature are able to offload the processing of network traffic from the networking stack. Both of these features increase network performance and reduce CPU utilization.
          • Hot addition and removal of virtual hard disks (VHDs). In Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V allows users to add and remove VHDs from a virtual machine while it is running.
        Feature Bullet Summary:
        • Live migration
        • Clustered Shared Volume (CSV) support that enables multiple Highly Available Virtual Machines (HAVM) per LUN
        • Hot addition and removal of storage
        • Support for VMware vSphere 4 (VMware VI3 feature parity only)
        • SAN migration into and out of clustered hosts
        • Processor flexibility
        • Network optimization
        • Quick storage migration
        • Maintenance mode for hosts
        • Support for third party cluster file system, Sanbolic Melio FS
        • Support for third party storage class resource, Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows
        • Expanded support for iSCSI SANs
        • Support for VMware port groups for virtual switches
        • Support for Virtual Machine Permissions assigned in Hyper-V
        • Dynamic policy based load balancing
    • Supported Operating System

      Windows Server 2008 R2

        Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V is required to use this VHD to create a virtual machine. Hyper-V requires a 64-bit computer with hardware-assisted virtualization support that has been enabled in the BIOS. It is recommended that you use a computer with a Dual-Core Pentium 4, 2 GHz (x64) processor or greater. An evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V is available at An evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V is available at
        In addition to meeting the system requirements for Hyper-V, you need additional hard disk space and memory for running the virtual machine. The VHD is pre-configured with a dynamic virtual hard disk that can expand up to 127 GB and initially is expanded to 14 GB. It is recommended that you have at least 30 GB of hard disk space available for the virtual machine. It is recommended that you use at least 2 GB of memory when creating the virtual machine.
        Review Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 system requirements ( and supported configurations (
        1. Download the self-extracting SCVMM2008R2.EVALVHD.part01.exe file and the four “.rar” files
        2. Download the “Deploying VMM 2008 R2 Using a VHD.doc” step-by-step instructions for how to use the VHD to create a virtual machine.
        3. Place all downloaded files in the same directory.
        4. Double-click the self-extracting SCVMM2008R2.EVALVHD.part01.exe file to extract the VHD file.
        5. Follow the instructions on the “Deploying VMM 2008 R2 Using a VHD.doc” file to complete the setup of VMM.

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