Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Self-Service Portal - Ideal for exposing your test VMs
1. Navigate to the administration view
2. Click 'User Role'
3. Click 'New User Role' from the actions pane to get to the 'Create User Role Wizard'
On the Virtual Machine permission page, you can specify what action this new role can take on the VMs in the scope. I would recommend that you uncheck the 'Checkpoint' if you are running the VMs in Failover Clustering, since it will create a differencial disk (.avhd).
The next page shows the Library Share.This is where you allow users to store virtual machines in the library which this user role has access.
The next page is the summary of what you`ve been up to.
After you`ve finished, you have to assign an owner to the VMs that you want to expose in the Self-Service Portal.
Navigate to 'Virtual Machines' in SCVMM, right click the VMs, select 'Properties', and select the same group from Active Directory that you assigned the newly created User Role.
You can now log on to your Self-Service Portal, and see the selected VMs.
The reason why you can log on to your VMs without connecting them to your network, is that your SCVMM connects to the Hyper-V host through VMConnect.exe (default on port 2179).
(Also make sure your VMs have the intergration services installed prior to this)
When you now log on to your Self-Service Portal, you should see the selected VMs.