Deploying VMM 2016 Technical Preview 4 (TP4)

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System Center 2016 VMM 2016 TP4 was recently released by Microsoft, and on this Tutorial we are going over the process to install it on a lab environment. 

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Before starting the installation process we need to make sure that our environment is ready to support a new VMM 2016 installation. These key points must be addressed before continuing on this Tutorial:

  • Technical Preview is not meant for production environments, test it out on your lab
  • Use Windows Server 2016 TP4 as base Operating System for the new VMM 2016 TP4
  • SQL Server 2014 installed on the same server that we will be installing VMM 2016 TP4 (a new instance called VMM was created)
  • The svc.vmm account was added as administrator during the SQL installation setup process
  • Active Directory should be up and running before we start this Tutorial, the VMM server should be part of the domain as well
  • Create a service account for VMM 2016, and for this Tutorial we are going to use svc.vmm and it will be a regular account on Active Directory

Prerequisites..

The first step is to download the VMM Technical Preview 4 from Microsoft, and for that we can use the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-technical-preview.

After downloading the product, execute the installer and a wizard with a few steps will be used to extract the content, just leave default settings.

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By default the VMM 2016 TP4 will be extracted at C:\SC Technical Preview 4 SCVMM folder.

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After extracting the product, we need to finish up a few details on the server. The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 10 must be download and the following components must be installed: Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE). Here is the link to download the product: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=526740 just use default settings during the installation process.

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The final step is to add the service account as local administrator on the future VMM Server, as shown in the image below.

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Installation process…

In order to start the installation, using Windows Explorer and go go the C:\SC Technical Preview 4 SCVMM folder and open Setup.exe  as administrator. In the initial page, click on Install.

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In the Getting started page. Select VMM Management Server and the VMM Console will be automatically selected. Click Next.

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In the Product registration information page. Fill out the information, since we are using a Technical Preview the product key is not necessary, just click next.

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In the Please read this license agreement page. If you are okay with the agreement, select the option I have read, understood, and agree with the terms of the license agreement and click next.

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In the Diagnostic and Usage Data page. In this release, the administrator cannot opt-out the feature during the setup, however using VMM Console this setting can be disabled later on. Just click next.

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In the Microsoft Update page. Leave default settings which is Microsoft Update will be used to check for updates, and click next.

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In the Installation location page. Leave default settings to install the VMM 2016 TP4, and click Next.

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In the Please Review these prerequisite warnings. If there is any critical prerequisites, the item must be addressed, and when you are ready, click on Next.

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In the Database Configuration page. Click on browse and most of the information will be filled out automatically (especially because SQL is installed on the same server). Click on Next

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In the Configure service account and distributed key management page. Use the service account created at the beginning of this article and click next.

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In the Port Configuration  page. A list of all ports that will be used by VMM will be listed, the administrator has a chance to change if necessary. Click Next.

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In the Library Configuration page. By default a new shared folder will be created to be used by the Virtual Machine Manager Library. Click Next.

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In the Installation Summary page. A summary of all steps that we have done so far will be listed, click on Install to start the the installation process.

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The process will take a few minutes, and if everything went successful, the final page will be similar to the figure below.

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A new icon will be available on the desktop, and it will be called Virtual Machine Manager Console, click on it and connect on the local server and the new console will be available to manage VMM resources.

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In this Tutorial, we went through the steps to install a new VMM 2016 TP4 on top of Windows Server 2016 TP4.

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at MSExchange.org, ITPROCentral.com and AndersonPatricio.org (Portuguese).