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Thursday, July 14, 2011

VMM SSP 2.0 SP1 Has Released To Public

 

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During Microsoft Malaysia Cloud Events, we have shown a sneak preview of how VMM 2008 R2 SSP 2.0 in action. This system allow you to group your organization resources such as “Compute, Network & Storage” into a logical pool of resource which you can pool, allocate and manage resources to turn as Infrastructure as A Service (Iaas).

Guess what? Just a few days, SSP 2.0 has just released SP1 with additional cool features and enhancement.

Let compare with my previous post (beta review) on the new changes.

a) Installation – remain the same. refer to my previous post.

b) Dashboard –remain the same. Integrate with WSS or Sharepoint Server.

c) Beta features is still available on SP1 RTM. refer to my previous post.

Additional Features

a) Configure automatic email notification. The system will use SQL Server Database Mail to send notification on approval, rejection , notification of expire VM, etc. To configure SQL Database Email, please refer to nice article:- http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2008/08/23/sql-server-2008-configure-database-mail-send-email-from-sql-database/

Verify and make sure you have properly configure SQL Database Mail

Sample (Test email from Database Mail):-

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Sample (submit/approval request notification and many more):-

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With notification in-place, the user do not need to consistently check SSP system.

The flow of email will be

SSP –> SQL Database Mail –> Exchange Server

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b) Allow user to specify backup and patching during VM provisioning.

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c) Opalis integration . Something new. Opalis is a product to provide, automation, orchestrator and integration. In SSP 2.0 SP1, a datacenter administrator can customize tasks in virtual machine actions to trigger Opalis policies instead of run scripts.

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d) 5 custom action for datacenter administrator to add custom action on Virtual Machine tab.

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e) Request Additional Network and explanation of the request. Come in very handy. Previously, you do not need to specify a reason to create additional network. Now a textbox is added for explanation on additional request to create a new network.

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f) Expiration of VM. Allow the system to send notification when near to expire date. When expire, the VM is no longer available to use in VMMSSP. The user is allow to extend the VM expire date.

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g) Allow to mount ISO to the VM. After the VM has provision to the environment, user can select ISO from the VMM Library.

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To download VMM SSP 2.0 SP1:- Click here.

Enjoy your testing on VMM SSP 2.0 SP1 on your environment.

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