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Do I really need VMM in a Clustered Failover setup?

Postby guest » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:10 pm

Q: It seems to me most of what I typically need to do is already in the Clustered Failover management (I have a 4 host CF environment). Does VMM really provide any additional resources on top of CF, or is VMM mostly redundant?

A: No, you don't. quoted "System Center Virtual Machine Manager enables increased physical server utilization by making possible simple and fast consolidation on virtual infrastructure".
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Re: Do I really need VMM in a Clustered Failover setup?

Postby guest » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:10 pm

Depends on what you do. As you noticed, there is a lot of capability with the OS, Hyper-V, and Failover Clustering. I put together a 'cloud-like' solution that automated installation of VMs from template VMs by using PowerShell. But, I had to write it - that comes with VMM. VMM handles multi-tenancy - most likely not a requirement for a 4-node cluster. VMM has a self-service portal, network management, storage management, and a bunch of other stuff. But, as I said, there is a lot in the base operating system if you are willing to do a little work on your own. If you start managing a dynamic environment, then VMM becomes a very, very handy tool.
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