How to Manage a Decentralized Windows VM Environment with 5nine

Let’s face it, maintaining multiple Hyper-V environments is a challenge. Windows VM management not only requires significant time and resources but it also lacks centralized monitoring and cost controls.

First, native Hyper-V management tools lack the functionality needed to manage remote sites efficiently. Second, platforms such as System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) are separate consoles; meaning you have to jump through numerous hoops to configure, provision, monitor and back up your virtual machines. In other words, the tools available today don’t make it easy for centralized IT organizations to manage sites that span numerous geographies.

Consider enterprises in the retail, manufacturing, higher education and healthcare sectors. Nearly every IT organization within these categories is responsible for managing virtual machines across remote sites (i.e., regional offices, remote branches and hospitals). For example, imagine a scenario where a consumer products manufacturer operates within regional offices in North America, Europe and Asia. While the company’s central IT organization is located in the United States, it is responsible for managing the organizational units around the entire globe. Without a centralized Hyper-V management system, virtualization administrators are forced to manage and monitor each domain manually.

Figure 1 Decentralized Hyper-V Management

Fortunately, 5nine provides a single pane of glass to manage your entire global infrastructure including your Windows VMs and Azure cloud VMs. Figure 2 illustrates how the unification of Hyper-V environments can be accomplished. The 5nine management service operates from a centrally located virtual machine and communicates directly with Hyper-V hosts and Azure subscriptions. The service speaks to the Hyper-V hosts over a customizable query (port 5671 by default). As long as that port is open, bi-directional communication is allowed. Moreover, no custom network configuration is required.

To get started, just utilize your Wide Area Network (WAN) or local network connection. Our lightweight service uses local credentials of the Hyper-V machine in which it is located and therefore pulls in virtual machines through multiple domains ensuring the agentless installation process.

Figure 2 Centralized Hyper-V Management with 5nine

Simplifying your decentralized Windows VM environment with 5nine Cloud Manager is easy. Here are a few video snippets that demonstrate the process of getting started.

→ Add Servers Manually or Automatically

→ Create Roles and Assign Access to Resources

→ Create Categories and Groupings for Tenant Resources

→ Centrally Schedule Backup Jobs Throughout Your Environment

→ Manage VM Lifecycles on the Fly

→ Monitor Tenants for Performance Issues and Health

→ Uncover Where Your Environment is Under and Over-Utilized

→ Configure and Manage VMs Across Azure Subscriptions

To get started with 5nine Cloud Manager, just sign up for a free trial.

Lastly, here is a summary of how 5nine Cloud Manager simplifies decentralized Hyper-V Management:

  • Manages multiple sites across domains
  • Supports multitenancy and offers role-based access control to deliver better management, security and oversight
  • Categorizes backups and monitoring functions which offer a more logical view of your infrastructure
  • Provides utilization reporting which determines how much of your environment may be under or over-utilized
  • Replication and failover cluster management which enables disaster recovery, high availability and business continuity
  • Automates Windows VM creation
  • Offers Azure management, monitoring, backup and replication

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I am an author, speaker and technical evangelist focussed on Microsoft Cloud management and security. I’ve held product management and product marketing roles at early stage startups and enterprise software vendors, all with an emphasis on Microsoft technologies.

As the Senior Evangelist for 5nine, I get to share the 5nine story with audiences all over the world. I talk, I blog, I record videos, and I spread the word via social media.

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