We are now finally ready to install SCVMM.

Install Prerequisites

To start, before we will actually be able to install SCVMM, we have to install a few prerequisites.

  • Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8
    • Deployment Tools
    • Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)

WADK Install

SCVMM requires the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit to be installed prior to installing SCVMM itself.

Start by downloading the WADK from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30652

Once you have downloaded the WADK, copy it to your SCVMM system.

Now run the ADKSetup.exe. You will first be presented with a dialog to specify the location for the install.

You will also notice that there is an option to install the ADK or to download the files to install on a different system. If you system does not have an Internet connection then you are going to have to run the ADK installing on a system that does, and choose the ‘Download the Assessment and Deployment Kit for installation on a separate computer’. This will download all of the files required, and you will have a different ADKSetup.exe to run for “offline” installation.

Make your appropriate selection and click Next.

WADK Install 01

WADK Install Other

You can then choose to join the CEIP program or not. Make your selection and click Next.

WADK Install 02

Read the License Agreement, and click Accept to proceed with the installation.

WADK Install 03

On the Features screen, the only features you need to install is the ‘Deployment Tools’ and ‘Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)’. You can de-select all other options, and then click Install.

WADK Install 04

If you are installing this on a system that has Internet connectivity, and you chose the first option on the initial screen, then the tool will go online and download all the files required. Note that this may take a little time for it to complete, depending on your Internet connectivity.

WADK Install 05

Once the WADK finishes downloading the files required, it will automatically initiate the installation. When the installation is complete, click Close.

WADK Install 06

Now we have everything that we need installed, and are ready to install SCVMM.

Here is a video walk through:

Install SCVMM

Start by either extracting the DVD contents, or mounting the ISO (the TechNet ISO is currently labelled as mu_system_center_2012_virtual_machine_manager_with_sp1_x64_dvd_1348927). Start by running the setup.exe.

On the splash screen click the Install link.

VMM Install 01

On the Select Features screen, select the feature you want to install. In our example, we are installing all features on the same server, so we will select all of them and click Next.

You may notice that there is no Reporting option in comparison to other System Center product installations. This is because the reporting for SCVMM is actually integrated into the reporting feature of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). We will go through various configuration steps after the installation is complete.

VMM Install 02

If you are performing this installation in Production, you may want to provide Registration information for your organization along with a valid Product Key. Since this example is in a lab, I am not providing any information. Make applicable entries, and then click Next.

VMM Install 03

Next read the License Agreement, check the applicable checkbox, and then click Next.

VMM Install 04

Now you can choose if you want to be a part of the CEIP program. Make an applicable choice and then click Next.

VMM Install 05

You can choose if you want to find updates for the product by using Microsoft Updates. Depending on your patching/upgrading policies/procedures, make an appropriate choice and then click Next.

VMM Install 06

Next you need to provide an Installation Location. Ensure there is sufficient space and then click Next.

VMM Install 07

You will now be asked to supply the Database Connection information. Enter the applicable information for your environment and then click Next.

VMM Install 08

On this next screen you can specify the Service Account to use, and if you want to use Active Directory for your encryption keys. In a Production environment, this would be more applicable, but for our lab it doesn’t matter. If you want to walk through the process/uses of this, then choose to enable the option and then click Next.

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On the Port Configuration screen, you can change the ports that SCVMM uses. Depending on your environment, you may have to make some modifications, but for our lab example, we will use the defaults.

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Next you need to specify the location for the SCVMM Library. This is the location that will contain all of your ISO’s, VHDs, etc. Be sure to provide sufficient space. Microsoft recommends 150 GB if you’re running a local version of SQL.

In my lab example, since I am running out of space on my SSD drive, I opted to create a second VHD drive attached to the VM strictly for installing SCVMM, SQL, and the Library Share.

Setup your environment accordingly, and click Next.

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Review the information presented on the Summary screen, and click Install.

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The installation may take some time, so be patient. Once it is complete, you can choose to check for the latest updates and open the console if you wish. Click Close.

VMM Install 13

When SCVMM launches for the first time, you will have to provide a server name to connect to. You can choose to check off the ‘Automatically connect with these settings’ checkbox so that you don’t have to continue to enter the server name. Enter your server information and click Connect.

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The SCVMM console will launch. Navigate around the various areas.

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Congratulations, you have now successfully installed SCVMM. But if you look, something is missing; i.e. Reporting.

Let’s configure that next.

Here is a video walk through: