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How to Create a Private Cloud from a VMware Resource Pool

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How to Create a Private Cloud from a VMware Resource Pool

Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager

You can use this procedure to create a private cloud from a VMware resource pool in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Account requirements You must perform this procedure as a member of the Administrator user role or as a member of the Delegated Administrator user role where the administrative scope includes the host group where the ESX host or host cluster that contains the VMware resource pool resides.

Before you create a private cloud from a VMware resource pool, make sure that the following prerequisites are met:

Configure the fabric by using the procedures in Preparing the Fabric in VMM. The fabric resource examples in this procedure use examples from the “Preparing the Fabric in VMM” section.

You cannot discover and manage storage for VMware ESX hosts through VMM.

In VMware vCenter Server, one or more resource pools must be configured. A vCenter Server and the VMware ESX host or host cluster that contains the VMware resource pool must be under VMM management. For information about how to add vCenter Server and ESX hosts to VMM management, see Managing VMware ESX Hosts Overview .

If you want to provide self-service users the ability to store virtual machines to the VMM library, create a folder in an existing library share that will serve as the storage location. Realize that self-service users must have the Store and re-deploy permission to store their virtual machines.

The library share location that you designate for stored virtual machines must be different from the shares that you designate as read-only resource locations for the private cloud. Also, the path or part of the path must be unique when compared to the user role data path that is specified for a self-service user role. For example, if the user role data path for a self-service user role is \\VMMServer01\Marketing, you cannot create a stored virtual machine path of \\VMMServer01\Marketing\StoredVMs. However, if the user role data path is \\VMMServer01\Marketing\MarketingUserRoleData, you could specify \\VMMServer01\Marketing\StoredVMs as the stored virtual machine path, as the full path is unique. You could also create entirely separate library shares.

Realize that you configure the stored virtual machine path and read-only library shares when you run the Create Cloud Wizard. The self-service user role data path is specified when you create a self-service user role or modify the properties of a self-service user role.

For example, create the VMMServer01\Marketing\StoredVMs path.

If you want to assign read-only shares to the private cloud, where administrators can store read-only resources such as .iso files that they want to make available to self-service users, make sure that one or more library shares exists that you can assign as the read-only library shares. Realize that self-service users must have the Author permission to access the resources.

The library shares that you designate as read-only resource locations for the private cloud must be unique when compared to the library share or shares that are used for stored virtual machines and for the user role data path that is specified for a self-service user role.

For example, you can use the SEALibrary and the NYLibrary library shares.


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