The new release of the Self Service Portal has made some confusion.
If you already are using the SSP that comes along with SCVMM 2008 R2, you know that this is a great and easy web-interface to connect to dedicated VMs and also let you do a whole bunch of operations.
With the release of SSP 2.0, you might think that this is an 'updated' version. It is a complete new, different, and more complex solution. This is not an update from the SSP but a new SSP.
The most important difference is that VMMSSP 2.0 provides some sort of standardized workflows and supports both automated and manual steps. It`s an ideal tool if you plan to build an IaaS for you customers. We can easily start to speculate about the next version of SCVMM, and the hot-topic ‘Private Cloud’. We`re moving closer.
So, if you want to have a simple web-interface for your VMs and dedicate some of them to your colleagues, developers, users and so on – do not ‘update’ to SSP 2.0. It will just get more complex, and provide you with a lot more than you actually need. It does not support the action ‘Checkpoint’ or snapshots as well.
In addition you can use both portals in your environment.
Download SSP 2.0 here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=fef38539-ae5a-462b-b1c9-9a02238bb8a7&displaylang=en