Microsoft has announced the preview phase of the Azure Arc-enabled System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), injecting Azure's management capabilities into it, according to a recent announcement. This novel feature facilitates System Center users to blend their VMM environment with Azure and execute VM self-service tasks via the Azure portal. Microsoft has highlighted the consistency achieved using the Azure Portal for administration with this method, which functions across mixed cloud services and on-premises customer settings.
The Features of the Arc-enabled SCVMM
Various benefits accompany the use of Arc-enabled SCVMM. These include the competent usage of Azure role-based access controls for admin rights, an integrated view of VMM resources, and the potential to integrate existing SCVMM managed VMs with Azure. According to the Friday disclosure, several additional Azure management features are now on offer for Arc-enabled SCVMM preview users. These encompass every Azure management capability attainable for Arc-enabled servers.
Azure Arc is a way of using Azure's features and services for your resources that are not in Azure, such as your own datacenters, edge devices, or other cloud platforms. You can manage, deploy, and secure your resources with Azure Arc as if they were in Azure. You can also use Azure Arc to run Azure data services on any Kubernetes cluster. Azure Arc helps you to have a consistent and flexible environment for your applications and services.
How to Get Started with the Arc-Enabled SCVMM
Organizations can initiate with either the Arc-enabled SCVMM or Azure Arc-enabled servers to take advantage of these Azure management benefits. Microsoft has provided detailed configuration instructions for both scenarios. Additionally, the “QuickStart guide” offered by Microsoft for connecting SCVMM management servers to Azure Arc specifies that organizations must have SCVMM management server version 2016 or a more recent release. Requirements also comprise having a private cloud with a minimum free capacity of 16GB of RAM, 4 vCPUs with 100GB of available disk space. For usage, IT professionals can download an onboarding script that generates an “Azure Arc resource bridge”.