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I have 3 hosts (+1 for management with windows 7) and I would like to implement virtualisation on the Hyper-V platform. I downloaded Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

Can the SCVMM be installed on windows 7 host? Does it have any other requirements?

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possible duplicate of Does Windows 7 support Hyper-V Manager? – Hyppy May 19 '11 at 14:55
no, it relates to Hyper-V manager. I was asking about System Center, Virtual Machine Manager. What does it offer more over in fact? – John May 19 '11 at 14:59
SCVMM Server needs to be installed on Windows Server (will not install on Hyper-V Server). The SCVMM Admin Console (for working with SCVMM) will install on Win7. SCVMM needs an SQL server (express works); if you use the SSP it needs IIS. SCVMM can integrate with SCOM if you have that. – Chris S May 19 '11 at 18:03
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SCVMM adds quite a few things over the basic Hyper-V manager app. You get things such as a storage library, so that you can create templates of VMs. Then rapidly deploy them out to your hosts. You get a very nice online P2V migration utility. You also get some batch management capabilities, such as being able to evacuate all VMs from a single host with a minimal set of clicks. The list goes on.

Microsoft Documentation:

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If by "virtual machine manager" you mean the Hyper-V Manager console, yes, it can be installed on Windows 7 (see here).

If you are instead referring to Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager, the centralized management system for Hyper-V hosts, then no, it will only run on Windows Server 2008 R2; but its management console will happily run on Windows 7.

You can find the complete system requirements here.

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