It's also important to note that this new MHM plug-in does not offer the full functionality of vSphere vCenter Server management to Microsoft Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines. In reality, the current 1.0 set of operations is very basic; but fortunately, it supports the more commonly used day-to-day management functions needed by most virtualization administrators. For example, it currently offers the ability to do the following:
- Add, remove, connect, and disconnect Hyper-V host servers to the vCenter inventory
- Provide a configuration summary view of Hyper-V hosts (processor, memory, and network)
- Create and delete new virtual machines on Hyper-V hosts
- Provide a remote console connection into Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines
- Enable simple power operations on Hyper-V hosts
- Enable power operations on Hyper-V virtual machines as well as guest operating systems running within them (power off, power on, suspend, shut down the guest and reset)
- Allow modification of virtual hardware settings associated with non-vSphere virtual machines (such as changing the amount of memory or the number of vCPUs, or adding/removing a floppy drive, CD drive, hard drive, or network adapter)
- Display tasks initiated on and events associated with Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines within the general tasks and events pane
- Allow vCenter integrated authorization
With its first pass, VMware said it would start out with support for the Microsoft Hyper-V platform. But because the architecture it has created is modular, the company said it should be able to add support for other hypervisors pretty easily down the road.
Right now, MHM 1.0 currently supports Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 hosts, and Hyper-V Server 2012 support will be added when available.
VMware said the new client plug-in would be available sometime in the third quarter, so we should expect a release anytime now. Once completed, it will be made available for download on the VMware vCenter Server download page at no additional cost to owners of vCenter Server Standard edition and higher.
You ever hear the phrase, "When pigs fly"? Well, it's time to look up because pigs are definitely flying!
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