Microsoft announces Self-Service Portal 2.0 for Virtual Machine Manager

Just a few hours ago, during his keynote at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2010, Bob Muglia, President of Server and Tools Business division, announced the release candidate of a new add-on for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2: Self-Service Portal 2.0 (VMMSSP).

VMMSSP is a stand-alone product and not an upgrade for the current version of the SCVMM self-service portal. The two portals can coexist.


VMMSSP has the following features:

  • Configuration and allocation of datacenter resources: Store management and configuration information related to compute, network and storage resources as assets in the VMMSSP database.
  • Customization of virtual machine actions: Provide a simple web-based interface to extend the default virtual machine actions; for example, you can add scripts that interact with Storage Area Networks for rapid deployment of virtual machines.
  • Business unit on-boarding: Standardized forms and a simple workflow for registering and approving or rejecting business units to enroll in the portal.
  • Infrastructure request and change management: Standardized forms and human-driven workflow that results in reducing the time needed to provision infrastructures in your environment.
  • Self-Service provisioning: Supports bulk creation of virtual machines on provisioned infrastructure through the web-based interface.Helps business units to manage their virtual machines based on delegated roles.

Additionally, VMMSSP 2.0 can be extended by ISVs through XML: