VMM2008 includes a very nice new feature that rely on OpsMgr 2007 in order to provide automatic self-healing and minimize downtime.
What is PRO?
PRO stands for Performance & Resource Optimization, which:
Is a powerful and valuable feature as the result of integration between SCOM (OpsMgr) and SCVMM;
Is a software package that leverages the System Center Operations Manager framework, which enables Microsoft partners (software and hardware vendors) to deliver value-added service and solution to our mutual customers;
Contains a connector piece that accelerates the communications between OpsMgr and SCVMM, and management packs with specific policies that VMM is called to take actions on;
Provides values of minimizing downtime, accelerating time to resolution, and, for advanced users with carefully designed policies, achieving self-healing / auto-recovery / hands-free management experience;
How does it work?
To explain how PRO works, let me use a simulated scenario to describe the system behaviors and the user experience.
From the slide below, you can see how VMM PRO reacts to the event that is monitored and reported by OpsMgr:
Assume that we have a three-node cluster with some HA VMs running on each, and the cluster is managed by a VMM server integrated with OpsMgr.
When the resources of a VM peak out on host #1 below on the very left, OpsMgr detects the defined threshold is reached and immediately notifies SCVMM.
A PRO tip pops up on the SCVMM admin console.
Depending on your setting, either manual or auto approval of the action recommended (in this case, Move-VM) would move the VM to the highest rated host (per our intelligent placement), in this case, the host server in the middle with the least load.
Once the migration is completed, all the physical and virtual system states go back to normal, and the alerting state is also cleared for the VM that is now migrated to a new host. Business continues as usual…
SCVMM 2008 Performance & Resource Optimization
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