Install SCVMM Part 3 – Management Server

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In part 1 of the Install SCVMM series we have gone through the process of configuring and install all needed pre-requisites for SCVMM in part 2 of the series we’ve gone through the installation and configuration of the SQL Database services which will be used to host SCVMM database.

In this post we are finally proceeding with the installation of System Center Virtual Machine Manager which will be used to manage Hyper-V and ESXi hosts in our lab environment.

Once you have inserted the DVD or ISO file containing the SCVMM binaries just hit the Install link to proceed with the installation and in the Feature Installation page select the VMM Management Server check-box which in turn will also select the VMM Console one:

SCVMM Install

SCVVM Features

In the following screens you will be asked to input data about your organization and a product key, as we’re installing in a Lab environment the product key field can be left empty so to run SCVMM in trial mode, finally you’ll be asked to accept the license agreement and if you want to participate or not in the Customer Experience Improvement Program

SCVVM Registration

SCVVM License


Choose if you want to update your SCVMM installation via Microsoft Update, which I personally recommend, or not and finally choose where SCVMM binaries will be installed:

SCVVM update


At this stage the pre-requisite checker will run eventually alerting  if SCVMM installer finds that any component is missing, keep in mind that if SCVMM database is hosted on a dedicated serverSQL Native Client and SQL Command Line Utilities packages will need to be installed, both of which can be downloaded from here.

In the next step we will specify SQL Server parameters, if everything is running on the same server we can just continue hitting next otherwise parameters for our installation need to be specified:


After SQL Database parameters we’re asked to configure the Service Account used for SCVMM that we created in part 1 of the series, DKM (Distributed Key Management) field can be left empty as that is used only in highly available SCVMM installations which will be covered in another post:

SCVMM Service Account

Once the Service Account has been defined and configured ports used for the various services needs to be defined, or left at their default as appropriate, and the SCVMM Library configured:


SCVMM Library

Finally clicking on next will present us with a summary of all choices after which SCVMM installation will begin:

SCVMM Installation

At this point all that is left to do is waiting for the installation routine to finish its job so we will be able to start managing Hyper-V hosts via the newly installed SCVMM Management Server:

SCVMM Install Completion

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