System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

Creating a Hardware Profile in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

In System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), a profile is a library resource that contains specifications that can be applied to a new virtual machine or a virtual machine template. A hardware profile is a library resource that defines a standard set of hardware configuration settings that we can apply to a new virtual machine or a virtual machine template. We can deploy a virtual machine without a hardware profile, but by using a hardware profiles in conjunction with a virtual machine template ensure that your virtual machine deployment uses a consistent hardware configuration in virtual machines. A hardware profile can contain the following specifications:

  • Cloud Capability Profiles
  • Processor, Memory
  • Video Adapter
  • IDE Devices, DVD drives, SCSI Adapter
  • Network and Fibre Channel Adapters
  • Virtual machine priority
  • Memory Weight
  • Virtual NUMA (Non-uniform memory access)

 To create a hardware profile, perform the following steps:

1. In the VMM console, click the Library workspace. In the navigation pane, expand Profiles, then right-click on Hardware Profiles, and then click Create Hardware Profile.

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2. On the New Hardware Profile dialog box, On the General tab, in the Name box, enter a name for the hardware profile. For example, type KTM-WEBSRV. In the Generation box, select Generation 1 or Generation 2, and then click OK.

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3. Click the Hardware Profile tab, and then configure the required setting as shown in figures. For example, you can configure the following settings:

  • The number of processors
  • The amount of static or Dynamic memory
  • The logical network
  • Whether to make the virtual machine highly available

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After you have made your selections, click OK.

4. Verify that the profile was created.

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Summary:

Creating a hardware profile in conjunction with a virtual machine template ensure that your virtual machine deployment uses a consistent hardware configuration in virtual machines. I hope this article will help a lot during creating a hardware profile in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 202 R2.

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