Cheng has made a post around managing VMWare with SCVMM. In Rakesh's post, he talked extensively on why we decided to manage VMware. From customer value prop point of view, I just wanted to highlight one of the key values SCVMM 2008 brings -- the ability to provide a "single-pane-of-glass" view into your virtualized environment.
A single console to go to, a single view to manage your heterogeneous virtualized assets, a single tool to learn and use.
How does it work and where do I start?
- The workflow of managing VMware starts from adding your VMware VirtualCenter Server (VCS) into VMM. "Add a VirtualCenter Server" is a global action that is available on all views of the admin console. When initiated, you will be asked to provide the administrator's credential for the VirtualCenter Server. Once the VCS is managed by VMM (BTW, the management is achieved without installing agent on VCS - we're using VMware published webservices APIs to manage VCS and ESX hosts), VMM automatically pulls all the ESX host records from the VCS server and puts them into VMM's host view.