Discovering SCVMM and Its Most Important Features

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) is a management tool for Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform. It is part of Microsoft’s System Center product suite, which also includes Configuration Manager and Operations Manager, among other tools. SCVMM provides a single pane of glass for managing your on-premises and cloud-based Hyper-V infrastructures, and it’s a more capable alternative to Windows Server tools built for the same purpose.

What Is SCVMM?

Windows Server includes built-in tools for managing your Hyper-V virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), including Hyper-V Manager, Hyper-V module for Windows PowerShell, Virtual Machine Connection, and Windows PowerShell Direct. These tools have specific roles and are often used in combination with each other and other tools. For example, Hyper-V Manager requires PowerShell for creating scripts and Failover Cluster Manager for managing multiple Hyper-V hosts. In short, the built-in tools are complementary but may be more complicated to use.

SCVMM is a feature-rich and more comprehensive management tool for your Hyper-V infrastructure. If you use SCVMM, you do not need another tool to manage your Hyper-V hosts. Thus, it simplifies managing your Hyper-V infrastructure greatly. However, it requires System Center licenses, the costs of which may vary depending on the number of physical cores in your Windows servers.

What Can You Do with SCVMM?

With SCVMM, you can:

SCVMM is supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 and up. Initially, Microsoft only supported Windows Server 2016 and up, but it added support for Windows Server 2012 in later releases. For the database, you will need to install SQL Server 2016 and up.

What’s New in SCVMM 2019?

First introduced in 2007, Microsoft has expanded SCVMM’s feature set in subsequent releases. SCVMM 2019 is the latest version, already having three updates since release date.

The latest SCVMM 2019 version supports:

SCVMM 2019 version includes features such as:

Options and Limitations in Managing Azure Resources with SCVMM

SCVMM can also be used for the basic management of VMs in your Microsoft Azure cloud. After linking SCVMM to your Azure account, you can start using it to perform the following:

For more advanced tasks, you still have to use Azure Management Portal, which you can access by clicking a link on the SCVMM console.

When to Consider SCVMM Alternatives?

While SCVMM’s benefits are obvious, it may be far from ideal. The disadvantages of SCVMM include:

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