Managing VMM 2008 Library Servers

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The Virtual machine Manager Library is a repository used to store a variety of virtual machine resources such as virtual hard disk and CD/DVD ISO images, virtual machine templates, stored virtual machines, virtual floppy disks and hardware, guest operating system profiles and Sysprep answer files. The primary purpose of the library is to promote re-use of information and objects in the creation and configuration of virtual machines deployed within the Virtual Machine Manager infrastructure.

A VMM Library consists of resources stored in a network share folder on the VMM Library Server system combined with information cataloged in the SQL Server database associated with the VMM 2008 installation. By default, the VMM Library shre folder is located in %SystemRoot\ProgramData\Virtual Machine Library Files and shared under the name MSSCVMMLibrary.

A VMM 2008 configuration can have multiple VMM Library Servers configured. The Library Server is commonly installed on the same system as the VMM Server, although for larger mission critical configurations, it is recommended that the VMM Library Server be deployed on a failover cluster.

Adding New Library Servers

When the VMM Server component is installed, the default VMM Library Server is also installed. Once this default library has been installed it cannot be removed or relocated to another server. It is, however, possible to configure VMm library Servers on other systems. This is achieved from within the VMM Administrator Console (for information on installing and launching the console read the chapter entitled A Guided Tour of the VMM Administrator Console).

New VMM Library Servers are added by clicking on the Add library server link located in the VMM Administrator Console Actions pane located on the right hand side of the console window. This selection will launch the Add Library Server wizard. The Enter Credentials screen requires the user name and password for a valid administrator on the specified domain.

Once a valid account has been specified, the Next button displays the Select Library Servers screen where one or more servers may be designated as VMM Library Servers (see figure below). Enter the name of the server in the Computer Name field and click Add to add the server to the list, or use the Search button to search for servers by domain and virtualization type.

Selecting new VMM Library Servers

Once one or more systems have been selected as library servers, click Next to configure the network shares to be used to store the library files. Having configured these share, proceed to the Summary screen and click the Add Library Servers button.