Install System Center Virtual Machine Manager Technical Preview

In my Lab example, I am using the following:

  • Windows Server Technical Preview
  • SQL Server 2014
  • Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1 Update (Note the Update version reference)

These have been setup as per my previous guides.

IMPORTANT: In order to evaluate the System Center Technical Preview, you MUST be using the Windows Server Technical Preview, and SQL Server 2014; as per the following TechNet article:


Install SCVMM

Start by copying the EXE file into the SCVMM VM. As of this writing, the Technical Preview EXE is labelled as “en_system_center_technical_preview_virtual_machine_manager_x86_x64_5648854.exe“.

Start by running the EXE, on the first screen, click Next.

SCVMM vNext - 01 - Setup Wizard

On the Location screen, choose the location to extract the installation files, then click Next.

SCVMM vNext - 02 - Location

On the Ready to Extract screen, click Extract.

SCVMM vNext - 03 - Ready To Extract

On the completion screen, click Finish.

SCVMM vNext - 04 - Extraction Complete

Once the files are extracted, start the installation by running Setup.exe.

On the splash screen click the Install link.

SCVMM vNext - 05 - Splash Screen

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.

SCVMM vNext - 06 - Select Features

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).

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.

SCVMM vNext - 07 - Registration

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

SCVMM vNext - 08 - License Agreement

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

SCVMM vNext - 09 - CEIP

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.

SCVMM vNext - 10 - Microsoft Update

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

SCVMM vNext - 11 - Installation Location

The Prerequisites will be checked. Once you meet all the prereqs, you can continue.

SCVMM vNext - 12 - Prerequisites

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

SCVMM vNext - 13 - Database Configuration

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.

SCVMM vNext - 14 - Server Account

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.

SCVMM vNext - 15 - Port Configuration

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.

SCVMM vNext - 16 - Library Configuration

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

SCVMM vNext - 17 - Summary

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.

SCVMM vNext - 18 - Setup Complete

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.

SCVMM vNext - 19 - Login

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

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Technical Preview.

As you can see from the About screen, the version of SCVMM, even though it shows “System Center 2012 R2”, the version is: 3.2.9013.0 (whereas the actual 2012 R2 product is version 3.2.7672.0).

SCVMM vNext - 20 - About

At this point, I haven’t noticed anything new/different with the product. However, as the product is updated, I will keep you informed of any interesting and important changes.


NOTE: The following features have been removed from the System Center Technical Preview, as per the following TechNet article:

  • App Controller
    • Status in System Center Technical Preview: Removed.
    • Replacement: For on-premises deployments, provision IaaS and PaaS solutions using Windows Azure Pack. Additionally, virtual machine and PaaS self-service solutions are available in Windows Azure Pack and Azure.
  • CitrixXenServer and VMwarevCenter 4.1/5.1 support in Virtual Machine Manager
    • Status in System Center Technical Preview: Removed.
    • Replacement: Use VMWare vCenter 5.5 and 5.8.

Release Note Issues (as per

See the referenced TechNet article for workarounds.

  • Adding host in Virtual Machine Manager fails
  • Virtual machine live migration fails
  • Migrating a virtual machine to a new host which uses Server Message Block (SMB) for storage
  • SMB 3.0 file share does not show up in File Share Storage tab