System requirements for System Center Virtual Machine Manager

This article details the system requirements for System Center 1807 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

VMM 1807 system requirements

The following sections describe the scalability information, hardware, software, and SQL Server requirements for VMM 1807, and summarize the support for the servers managed in the VMM fabric.

Capacity limits

The following table provides the scale limits that were tested for System Center Virtual Machine Manager. There are various factors that impact the scale limits, such as hardware configuration, network, topology, and others.

The planning guide provides the details about how these factors can be adapted to specific requirements.

Entity Recommended maximum count
Physical hosts 1000
Virtual Machines 25000
Services 1000
User roles 1000
Clouds 20
Virtual networks 2000
logical networks 20
Library resources 1000
Library Objects (templates, profiles) 100

Hardware

Hardware VMM server VMM database VMM library VMM console
Processor (minimum) 8 core Pentium 4, 2 GHz (x64) 8 core Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz 4 core Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz 2 core Pentium 4, 1 GHz CPU
Processor (recommended) 16-core, 2.66 GHz CPU 16 core 2.6 GHz CPU 4 core 2.8 GHz CPU 2 core 2 GHz CPU
RAM (minimum) 4 GB 8 GB 2 GB 4 GB
RAM (recommended) 16 GB 16 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Hard drive (minimum) 4 GB 50 GB Based on size/amount of stored files 10 GB
Hard drive (recommended) 10 GB 200 GB Based on size/amount of stored files 10 GB

Server operating system

Operating system VMM server Remote VMM library Remote VMM database
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter (Server Core) N Y If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter (with desktop experience) N Y If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2016 (Server Core) Y N If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2016 (with desktop experience) Y Y If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 1709 Y Y Y

VMM console operating system

Operating system Supported
Windows 10 Enterprise Y
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Datacenter Y
Window Server 2016 Standard, Datacenter Y

SQL Server

Note

  • For the supported versions of SQL, use the service packs that are currently in support by Microsoft.
  • For the below supported SQL versions, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter (64-bit) editions are supported, based on the availability.
SQL version Supported
SQL Server 2008 N
SQL Server 2012 and SPs as detailed here Y
SQL Server 2014 and SPs as detailed here Y
SQL Server 2016 and SPs as detailed here Y
SQL Server 2017 as detailed here Y
SQL Server command line utilities Install on VMM server if you want to deploy SQL Server data-tier apps in the VMM fabric.

Install SQL Server 2012 Command-Line Utilities from the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Feature Pack
or
Install the SQL Server 2014 Command-Line Utilities from the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 Feature Pack
or
Install the SQL Server 2016 Command-Line Utilities from the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2016 Feature Pack

Not required for VMM installation.

Virtualization

VM Supported
VMM management server The VMM management server can be installed on a VM.

If you use dynamic memory, set the start RAM of the VM to at least 2048 MB.

Don't install on a server running Hyper-V.

You can deploy the VMM management server (physical or VM) in a highly available cluster.
VMM console You can install the VMM console on a VM.

Installation components

These components should be installed on the server, before you install VMM.

Component VMM server VMM console
Active Directory The VMM management server must be a domain member.

The computer name should not exceed 15 characters.
A computer with the VMM console installed should be a domain member.
Windows ADK Download Windows ADK for Windows 10 Not applicable
PowerShell PowerShell 5.0 PowerShell 4.0, 5.0
.NET 4.6 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6

Servers in the VMM fabric

Operating system Hyper-V host SOFS Update server PXE server
Windows Server 2012 Standard/Datacenter N N N N
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter Y Y Y Y
Windows Server 2016 Y Y N N
Windows Server 2016 (with desktop experience) Y Y Y Y
Windows Server 1709 Y Y N N

VMWare servers in the VMM fabric

VMware Supported
ESX ESX/ESXi 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5
vCenter 5.1, 5.5, 5.8, 6.0
Supported Features and limitations

VMs in the VMM fabric

Guest operating system Supported
Hyper-V VMs Any guest running on supported Hyper-V hosts.

Learn more about support for 2016 and earlier versions.
VMWare VM Any VM running on supported VMware servers. Learn more

This article details the system requirements for System Center 1801 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

This article details the system requirements for System Center 2016 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

VMM 1801 system requirements

The following sections describe the scalability information, hardware, software, and SQL Server requirements for VMM 1801, and summarize the support for the servers managed in the VMM fabric.

Capacity limits

The following table provides the scale limits that were tested for System Center 1801 Virtual Machine Manager. There are various factors that impact the scale limits, such as hardware configuration, network, topology, and others.

The planning guide provides the details about how these factors can be adapted to specific requirements.

Entity Recommended maximum count
Physical hosts 1000
Virtual Machines 25000
Services 1000
User roles 1000
Clouds 20
Virtual networks 2000
logical networks 20
Library resources 1000
Library Objects (templates, profiles) 100

Hardware

Hardware VMM server VMM database VMM library VMM console
Processor (minimum) 8 core Pentium 4, 2 GHz (x64) 8 core Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz 4 core Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz 2 core Pentium 4, 1 GHz CPU
Processor (recommended) 16-core, 2.66 GHz CPU 16 core 2.6 GHz CPU 4 core 2.8 GHz CPU 2 core 2 GHz CPU
RAM (minimum) 4 GB 8 GB 2 GB 4 GB
RAM (recommended) 16 GB 16 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Hard drive (minimum) 4 GB 50 GB Based on size/amount of stored files 10 GB
Hard drive (recommended) 10 GB 200 GB Based on size/amount of stored files 10 GB

Server operating system

Operating system VMM server Remote VMM library Remote VMM database
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter (Server Core) N Y If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter (with desktop experience) N Y If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2016 (Server Core) Y N If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2016 (with desktop experience) Y Y If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 1709 Y Y Y

VMM console operating system

Operating system Supported
Windows 10 Enterprise Y
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Datacenter Y
Window Server 2016 Standard, Datacenter Y

SQL Server

Note

  • For the supported versions of SQL, use the service packs that are currently in support by Microsoft.

  • For the below supported SQL versions, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter (64-bit) editions are supported, based on the availability.

SQL version Supported
SQL Server 2008 N
SQL Server 2012 and SPs as detailed here Y
SQL Server 2014 and SPs as detailed here Y
SQL Server 2016 and SPs as detailed here Y
SQL Server command line utilities Install on VMM server if you want to deploy SQL Server data-tier apps in the VMM fabric.

Install SQL Server 2012 Command-Line Utilities from the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Feature Pack
or
Install the SQL Server 2014 Command-Line Utilities from the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 Feature Pack
or
Install the SQL Server 2016 Command-Line Utilities from the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2016 Feature Pack

Not required for VMM installation.

Virtualization

VM Supported
VMM management server The VMM management server can be installed on a VM.

If you use dynamic memory, set the start RAM of the VM to at least 2048 MB.

Don't install on a server running Hyper-V.

You can deploy the VMM management server (physical or VM) in a highly available cluster.
VMM console You can install the VMM console on a VM.

Installation components

These components should be installed on the server, before you install VMM.

Component VMM server VMM console
Active Directory The VMM management server must be a domain member.

The computer name should not exceed 15 characters.
A computer with the VMM console installed should be a domain member.
Windows ADK Download Windows ADK for Windows 10 Not applicable
PowerShell PowerShell 5.0 PowerShell 4.0, 5.0
.NET 4.6 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6

Servers in the VMM fabric

Operating system Hyper-V host SOFS Update server PXE server
Windows Server 2012 Standard/Datacenter N N N N
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter Y Y Y Y
Windows Server 2016 Y Y N N
Windows Server 2016 (with desktop experience) Y Y Y Y
Windows Server 1709 Y Y N N

VMWare servers in the VMM fabric

VMware Supported
ESX ESX/ESXi 5.1, 5.5, 6.0
vCenter 5.1, 5.5, 5.8, 6.0
Supported Features and limitations

VMs in the VMM fabric

Guest operating system Supported
Hyper-V VMs Any guest running on supported Hyper-V hosts.

Learn more about support for 2016 and earlier versions.
VMWare VM Any VM running on supported VMware servers. Learn more

VMM 2016 system requirements

The following sections describe the scalability information, hardware, software, and SQL Server requirements for VMM 2016, and summarize the support for the servers managed in the VMM fabric.

Capacity limits

The following table provides the scale limits that were tested for System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager. There are various factors that impact the scale limits, such as hardware configuration, network, topology, and others.

The planning guide provides the details about how these factors can be adapted to specific requirements.

Entity Recommended maximum count
Physical hosts 1000
Virtual Machines 25000
Services 1000
User roles 1000
Clouds 20
Virtual networks 2000
logical networks 20
Library resources 1000
Library Objects (templates, profiles) 100

Hardware

Hardware VMM server VMM database VMM library VMM console
Processor (minimum) 8 core Pentium 4, 2 GHz (x64) 8 core Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz 4 core Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz 2 core Pentium 4, 1 GHz CPU
Processor (recommended) 16-core, 2.66 GHz CPU 16 core 2.6 GHz CPU 4 core 2.8 GHz CPU 2 core 2 GHz CPU
RAM (minimum) 4 GB 8 GB 2 GB 4 GB
RAM (recommended) 16 GB 16 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Hard drive (minimum) 4 GB 50 GB Based on size/amount of stored files 10 GB
Hard drive (recommended) 10 GB 200 GB Based on size/amount of stored files 10 GB

Server operating system

Operating system VMM server Remote VMM library Remote VMM database
Windows Server 2012 Standard/Datacenter N N If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter (Server Core) N Y If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter (with desktop experience) N Y If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2016 (Server Core) Y N If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2016 (with desktop experience) Y Y If supported by SQL Server version
Windows Server 2016 Nano N N If supported by SQL Server version

VMM console operating system

Operating system Supported
Windows 7 N
Windows 8 N
Windows 8.1 Y
Windows 10 Enterprise Y
Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 onwards N
Windows Server 2012 Y
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Datacenter Y
Window Server 2016 Standard, Datacenter Y

SQL Server

Note

  • For the supported versions of SQL, use the service packs that are currently in support by Microsoft.

  • For the below supported SQL versions, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter (64-bit) editions are supported, based on the availability.

SQL version Supported
SQL Server 2008 N
SQL Server 2012 and SPs as detailed here Y
SQL Server 2014 and SPs as detailed here Y
SQL Server 2016 and SPs as detailed here Y
SQL Server command line utilities Install on VMM server if you want to deploy SQL Server data-tier apps in the VMM fabric.

Install SQL Server 2012 Command-Line Utilities from the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Feature Pack
or
Install the SQL Server 2014 Command-Line Utilities from the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 Feature Pack

Not required for VMM installation.

Virtualization

VM Supported
VMM management server The VMM management server can be installed on a VM.

If you use dynamic memory, set the start RAM of the VM to at least 2048 MB.

Don't install on a server running Hyper-V.

You can deploy the VMM management server (physical or VM) in a highly available cluster.
VMM console You can install the VMM console on a VM.

Installation components

These components should be installed on the server, before you install VMM.

Component VMM server VMM console
Active Directory The VMM management server must be a domain member.

The computer name should not exceed 15 characters.
A computer with the VMM console installed should be a domain member.
Windows ADK Download Windows ADK for Windows 10 Not applicable
PowerShell PowerShell 5.0 PowerShell 4.0, 5.0
.NET 4.6 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6

Servers in the VMM fabric

Operating system Hyper-V host SOFS Update server PXE server
Windows Server 2012 Standard/Datacenter N N N N
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter Y Y Y Y
Windows Server 2016 Y Y N N
Windows Server 2016 (with desktop experience) Y Y Y Y
Windows Server 2016 Nano Y Y N N

VMWare servers in the VMM fabric

VMware Supported
ESX ESX/ESXi 5.1, 5.5, 6.0

UR6 and later - ESX/ESXi 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5
vCenter 5.1, 5.5, 5.8, 6.0
Supported Features and limitations

VMs in the VMM fabric

Guest operating system Supported
Hyper-V VMs Any guest running on supported Hyper-V hosts.

Learn more about support for 2016 and earlier versions.
VMWare VM Any VM running on supported VMware servers. Learn more

Next steps

Plan VMM installation