My experience on the newly released VMM 2012 R2 RTM
So as everyone else (at least an ITPRO with some dignity and self respect) I have started to download the System Center 2012 R2 as it was released just some hours ago! The link appeared on my technet subscription page about 1 PM in Swedish time
I started to Install the VM for my VMM and of course I created it as an Generation 2 VM on my Hyper-V R2 host.. In the preview, VMM could not manage gen2 VM´s but now we will see about that. Before installing VMM I had to download and install Windows 8.1 ADK and an SQL server.
And then when I had an successful installation I wanted to add at least one Hyper-V server, the funny part here is that I have activated Hyper-V on this Windows 2012 R2 and why it is saying unknown hypervisor beats me 🙂 . Fortunately I could proceed to add the host
And then I wanted to check the Gen2 VMM server I had created and see if it was viewable in the VMM console and also the system volume could be expanded when the VM was powered on (in earlier versions of VMM that has sometimes been a nono for example with VM additions )
As you can see there is no possibility in the VMM console to shrink the disk so there I have to use the Hyper-V Manager.. ( I have tried to enter a lower value but the gui won’t allow me to do it) So much for one place for all management.. In the following screendump you can see the option to shrink the storage from the Hyper-V manager wizard.
And as you remember one of the new fine features in the Hyper-V R2 was the full feature RDP access to the VM through the VMbus, why has that not been implemented in the VMM??
This old vmm viewer reminds me of the VMM 2008 with no additional features that I get in the Hyper-V Virtual machine connection..
I will continue to explore the VMM 2012 R2 and there might be some more blog posts coming and until then, good luck in your deployments 🙂